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Groups hold knitting marathon to raise funds

Knitathon at Victoria Hall, Oakham.  From left, Pauline Shepher, Patsy Reid, Jean Harvey, Mari Florijn, Sue Hudson and Shirley Langston.
Photo: MSMP160213-014ow

Knitathon at Victoria Hall, Oakham. From left, Pauline Shepher, Patsy Reid, Jean Harvey, Mari Florijn, Sue Hudson and Shirley Langston. Photo: MSMP160213-014ow

Members of a knitting group got out their needles and wool to take part in a 12-hour knitting marathon.

The Oakham Knit and Natter Club knitted squares from 7.15am to 7.15pm at Victoria Hall, Oakham, on Saturday, raising £60 which will be put towards to cost of a defibrillator for the town.

The event was organised by group founder Joyce Lucas.

She said: “It was a very enjoyable day and we made £60 for the defibrillator fund which I thought was quite good.

“We had a lot of visitors to the town who came in to support us. It was a good day.”

A competition was held on the day for visitors to guess how many squares would be knitted. The winner was Susan Richards, from Northampton, who correctly guessed 35. She won a hamper which was full of donations of shampoo, chocolates and wine.

Money raised will be put towards the cost of a defibrillator for the town. The Karen Ball is matching the costs raised by groups for the equipment which costs between £1,600 to £1,800, including maintenance. There are more than 20 defibrillators in the county but not one public one in Oakham.

Our picture shows, from left, Pauline Shepher, Patsy Reid, Jean Harvey, Mari Florijn, Sue Hudson and Shirley Langston.

 

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