Knitters make 2-mile scarf for pub challenge

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Knitters in Bradford on Avon have gone the extra two miles in aid of a new pub charity challenge.

The owners of The Rising Sun have chosen a very unusual way to show their support for the Dorothy House charity, Bath Chronicle reports.

A barmaid at the pub came up with the idea of knitting a scarf that will stretch all the way from the pub to the hospice in Winsley and after receiving sections of knitting from schools, villagers and pub regulars they have managed to construct the giant piece of knitwear.

Landlady Liz Northeast told the newspaper: "The idea has grown and so many people are sending us scarves. Dorothy House is our pub charity, as it is local and something that is very close to our heart.

"This challenge is something that people who can't do sponsored cycle rides or parachute jumps can get involved in. I am so pleased with how well it is going."

She said that the furthest any of the knitting has travelled is all the way from Gibraltar, after a man visited the pub while his relative was receiving care at the Dorothy House hospice.

Other sections of knitting have come from all over the country, after word quickly spread about this exciting and unique charity challenge.

Another person to get involved was Peter Amoi, 69, who decided to knit a scarf with The Rising Sun pub on it.

He told the publication: "It took me about a month to do, and I am pleased with the end result. I like knitting and so was keen to take part."

Over at the nearby Bitham Brook Primary School in Westbury the children were taught to knit especially to take part in the project after the deputy head realised many pupils wanted to take part but couldn't knit.

So far the challenge has raised a total of £1,000 for the charity and it is hoped that the scarf will line the route to the hospice in July.

After this the scarf will be taken apart and made into blankets for dogs at the Bath Cats and Dogs Home and elderly people in local nursing homes.

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