Get knitting and help fight cancer

Libby Summers, from Tallington, with the tea cosies she has designed for Prostate Cancer UK
Libby Summers, from Tallington, with the tea cosies she has designed for Prostate Cancer UK
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A Tea Cosies For Victory campaign has been launched by a knitwear designer to help in the fight against prostate cancer.

Libby Summers, who has run a business designing and manufacturing hand-knitted goods since 2007, has personal reasons for joining forces with Prostate Cancer UK.

Her father and uncle were both diagnosed with the disease three years ago.

Supporters of the charity are organising 1940s-themed Tea For Victory parties nationwide and Libby hopes her tea cosy pattern collection will encourage people to get knitting, sell cosies at the parties and keep the tea warm!

Half the proceeds of pattern sales and 10 per cent of kit sales will go to the charity.

Her father, Alastair from Stamford, has the advanced form of prostate cancer and cancer has spread to his bones. Although he is undergoing effective treatment and is doing well, the disease is being controlled rather than cured. He reluctantly got checked after his brother, Ian, from Norfolk, was diagnosed.

Libby, 39, said: “Even though this is the most common form of cancer in men and 10,000 die every year from it, I feel that charities supporting research and supporting families affected by it do not get the high
profile they should.

“I hope my contribution will help to raise the profile of Prostate Cancer UK and encourage people to hold or take part in a fundraising event.”

The married mother of three runs her business from a workshop behind her house in Searson Close, Tallington.

Libby employs knitters in Lincolnshire and Rutland, as well as other parts of the country. She began her business after other women in and around Tallington got together to do creative things, giving her the confidence to get started. Her ambition of having her designs available in the high street was realised when her hand-knitted hot water bottle covers went on sale in John Lewis in 2010.

She says her tea cosy collection is aimed at both busy and beginner knitters as the template patterns are very simple.

There are three designs – a 1940s vintage style with roses, a plain one with a Tea Needs You sewn badge and a Fair Isle version which incorporates the charity’s logo of a man.

Libby’s pattern booklet was designed for free by Neil Arch Designs of Stamford and printed at a discount by Fovia of Bourne. The patterns and kits are available at www.libbysummers.co.uk