Knitting marathon unites Cambridge community

Knitting marathon unites Cambridge community

Knitters came together this week in Cambridge to celebrate the results of a knitting marathon.

Almost 80 villagers from Barton helped create a 1,420ft scarf during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee earlier this summer, parading it around for others to enjoy, Cambridge News reports.

But now that the partying is over, it has been split up into a series of blankets, recycling the knitted sections to help people at homeless charity Jimmy's Night Shelter and the Home Meadow Care Home in Toft.

This week they finally dropped off the blankets to some very grateful recipients.

Amy Winterbourne, an Anglia Ruskin student from Barton who spearheaded the project, talked to the newspaper after dropping off 16 blankets to the care home.

"They were really happy and they loved the bright colours. One little old lady was so pleased she did a little dance with her blanket," the 23-year-old joked.

Emma McIntosh, home manager at the care centre, said: "The residents love it when people come in and the blankets are definitely welcome because a lot of our residents feel the cold."

A further 16 were given to the shelter, much to the delight of staff and residents.

The group still has a selection of blankets and are looking for more causes nearby to help with.

Overall the knitting pattern raised more than £1,000 for charity, with some participants knitting for up to six hours a day from January!

But it wasn't only women getting involved, as an all-male knitting club joined in, making scarf sections in local pubs with the help of a pint or two.

This project might seem a lot to undertake, but calling on the community to help out can ease the pressure, and even help bring people together who may not ordinarily interact.

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