Knitters raise thousands for cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 June 2017

Members of the Cancer Research UK local fundraising committee hold up the blankets created at the annual Knit-in.

Members of the Cancer Research UK local fundraising committee hold up the blankets created at the annual Knit-in.

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A group of knitters have raised more than £3,000 for a cancer charity.

Weston-super-Mare’s Cancer Research UK held its annual knit-in at Weston Football Club, in Winterstoke Road, and 68 keen knitters brandished their needles to take part.

People knitted for more than an hour and an award was presented to Alison Ash who completed a 20-inch blanket in just 90 minutes.

The event raised £3,300 for Cancer Research UK, specifically to fund research at Weston General Hospital, in Grange Road, into treatments for oesophageal and stomach cancer.

At the event, the busy group were encouraged by Major Oliver Howard, the Somerset county patron for the charity, and Dr Nick Gallegos, a surgeon from the hospital.

Chairman Pat Wilkins said: “I would like to say a big thank you to those who took part.

“We are delighted with the total raised this year and have already booked the hall for next year.”


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