Norwich knits together appeal for care cash

KnittedFlower350National Christian disability charity, Livability, is calling for keen Norwich knitters to make a difference to the lives of local people in residential care by knitting flowers, leaves and small animals to be included in an ambitious knitted ‘flower pergola’.  Alaine Mukene reports.

The completed pergola, which will be entirely stitched, will be displayed in The Forum, in Norwich, next Easter and the launch of the scheme to gain contributions will take place on August 6 at The Forum.

Hundreds of colourful, hand-made flowers, leaves and small creatures will adorn a 3m tall base-layer of knitted squares, supported by a wooden-frame structure.

The pergola’s frame-covering layer requires 6’’and 12’’ squares (15.25cm and 30.5cm), using double knitted garter stitch, (needles no.8/4mm). Various shades of brown, only, are requested.  For the decorations of flowers, leaves, birds, butterflies and so on, double knitting or 4 ply is required. Go ahead and be creative. 
The ‘craft stunt’ aims to raise funds for a Norwich residential care home which is home to 29 young disabled adults: John Grooms Court, on Sprowston Road, Norwich.  Livability, who runs the home, is one of the largest disability charities in the UK.  They work with adults and children with physical and learning disabilities, helping them to lead full, independent lives and maximise their own potential.  They actively campaign for change, giving people living with disabilities choice, opportunity and control.
The Friends of John Grooms Court, who are coordinating this knitting challenge, recently amazed the city with a hugely popular Knitted Christmas Tree in 2010.  The impressive tree, standing at 4.5m, was displayed in a variety of high-profile locations across the city, successfully raising nearly £10,000.  After an overwhelming response, 600 knitters created over 4,600 green leaf squares and nearly 2,000 knitted decorations.  The tree will again be on display at the Forum during December this year.
Ann Meijer, of John Grooms Court fundraisers, whose daughter lives there, said “We hope that many people will want to get involved in this new challenge. The funds we raise will make a real difference to the lives of local people with disabilities.  Our Knitted Christmas Tree challenge received an incredible response and we really want to make sure that our new project is equally as successful. ’’

For further information of what is required, please contact Ann Meijer:  Please send knitting contributions to: The Knitted Flower Pergola, John Grooms Court, 215 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HX.

Financial donations will also be gratefully received, and can be made payable to: ‘Friends of John Grooms Court, Norwich ‘.  

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