Village ‘knitting clubs’ are never not knitting for charity. Men and women around the country are donating yarn balls, and knitting wondrous ‘winter warmers’ and knitted crafts to raise funds for worthy charitable causes.
Everything knitted has come back into fashion in recent years, everyone loves the knitted hearts to hang in the window, and the vintage-look scarf or cosy cardigans to keep warm. The quaint, beautiful Wiltshire village of Colerne, is a sociable, friendly community who have been busy getting their needles out for charity. The Colerne Luncheon Club first started the craze in the village 6 years ago, when Age UK asked the social Club to knit the little woolen hats for Innocent Smoothies. Each year they knitted more and more, until 2012 they knitted over 2000. Innocent declared them the winners in Wiltshire and everyone celebrated with a Tea Party, with innocent smoothies for dessert.
After their ‘Innocent’ accomplishment, the group were lost for what they could then knit for. This is when the group decided to sell their knitted items to raise funds for the South-West charity; The Forever Friends Appeal at the RoyalUnitedHospital in Bath. The word spread across the village that The Forever Friends Appeal were raising £8.5 million towards a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH. Everyone wanted to help and get involved, as many saw it as a local cause close to their hearts.
Over the past two years, ‘Colerne Knitters’ have raised over £2,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. This excellent amount will make a significant difference to the project, helping all those affected by cancer within the RUH catchment area of 500,000 people.
Supporters of the Appeal share the passion and vision with the Clinicians at RUH, that something needs to be done to transform cancer care for patients and their families. The current outdated facilities are over 70 years old and are in desperate need of being replaced with a state-of-the-art build, fit for purpose. The RUH plans to take a holistic approach to the build, creating a soothing and healing environment, that will give a warm welcome to patients, making them feel safe, supported and special throughout their treatment.
To find out more about the plans for the new Cancer Centre and to support the cause, visit our RUH Cancer Centre pages