Mum uses knitting to raise money for family hospice

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A mum from Droitwich has raised thousands of pounds for a local hospice in memory of her son.

Sue Fletcher, who's son Paul was cared for by St Richard's Hospice, has vowed to do her very utmost to donate what she can to the charity and has turned to knitting to ensure she can bring in even more money.

The Droitwich Advertiser reports that Mrs Fletcher has been busy knitting colourful scarves and has already sold 120 to raise more than £700 for the cause.

These items are proving to be the most popular, with each selling for around £12 each and all profits going to the hospice.

Mrs Fletcher and her husband John have also become well known in their local area for regularly opening their garden to raise funds and holding a family fundraising walk each year on Paul's birthday.

The couple's youngest son had cancer and sadly passed away aged 34 in December 2010 at the hospice, which specialises in providing free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

While sitting in the hospice with him, Mrs Fletcher used to knit and told the newspaper that the family were so grateful for how the staff at St Richard's cared for Paul in his last weeks and also looked out for the rest of the family.

She said: "I do enjoy knitting and love the feeling that it is raising money for St Richard's. When I do it I can feel Paul looking down at me thinking well done, mum. I knitted while I was with him in the hospice and there is a connection there."

Mrs Fletcher went on to say that her knitted items are becoming extremely popular and she is often stopped in the street by strangers asking to buy one of her famous scarves.

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