A group of ex colleagues in Norfolk, (Friends of People Retired or Unemployed), have held a Sponsored Knit in aid of Ganet’s Adventure School. They have already raised funds through events including a cream tea, raffles and cake sales, but this time the focus was to involve quite a bit more effort.
Everyone aimed to knit at least 20 squares which would be made into a banner for Ganet’s and also small blankets to be donated to the local Friends of the Hospital for their fund raising appeals.
Some of the group, aged between 30 and 90, got together on 15th March to start the challenge off. They knitted for up to 6 hours with just a few breaks for drinks and lunch. They continued for a further 2 weeks – aiming to complete the squares by Mothering Sunday. Some of the group were total novices and took the opportunity to learn how to knit, while others were very proficient and managed to complete 3 or more squares on the day. Other people who couldn’t join the day, knitted away in the comfort of their own homes.
The final squares were knitted on Mother’s Day followed by a sewing-up day on 3rd May, to join all the squares together. Sponsorship money followed and the group has raised a total of over £500, which has been donated to the school.
Ganet’s Adventure School is dear to the hearts of the group as one of their member, Gill, did some voluntary work there in 2013 with her daughter, Lisa, who is now a trustee of Ganets Adventure School Fund. They are both returning to Ganet’s Adventure School in June and will be taking the banner to hang on the school wall as a message to staff and students that we in Norfolk are thinking of them.