Knitted tree for Norwich Christian care home 

Knitted Christmas treeMP Chloe Smith and singer Sheila Ferguson of The Three Degrees will welcome a 15 foot knitted Christmas tree to The Forum in Norwich where it will be on display until January 5 raising money for a local Christian disability care home.

On Saturday November 30, 1pm local MP Chloe Smith will launch the residency of the impressive 15 foot knitted Christmas tree at The Forum.  The MP for Norwich North will also lead a charitable collection to raise funds for disabled people in the region.

Following Saturday’s launch, on Monday December 2, 1pm Sheila Ferguson of the 70s soul music group The Three Degrees, who is currently starring in Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, will be at The Forum to celebrate the knitted Christmas tree.

The tree was built in 2010 when 600 knitters from across Norfolk came together to create a Christmas tree to raise funds for the John Grooms Court residential care home in Sprowston Road, Norwich.

People were asked to knit squares and decorations which together would be hung on a wooden framework to create a 15 foot Christmas tree. The knitters created over 4,600 leaves and nearly 2000 tree decorations. The tree has already helped raise thousands of pounds for disabled people.

John Grooms Court, Norwich, is run by national Christian disability charity Livability and is home to 29 young disabled adults. The majority have multiple and complex disabilities such as MS, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy and Parkinson’s.

In previous years the tree has been displayed in Norwich Cathedral, the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

For anyone who cannot visit The Forum but would like to support John Grooms Court, donations can be made to The Knitted Christmas Tree, John Grooms Court, 215 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HX. Cheques should be made payable to: Livability John Grooms Norwich.

For more information on Livability visit

The Forum, 2 Millennium Plain, Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1TF

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