Attleborough knitting circle boosts EACH funds

A GROUP of knitting pensioners has helped raise thousands of pounds for East Anglia's Children's Hospices by selling their goods.

Residents of the Holly Court retirement home in Attleborough have generated �4,500 for the charity, which has a centre in nearby Quidenham, since their knitting circle was formed five years ago.

The group, which has six members between the ages of 70 and 90, recently presented a �1,000 cheque after raising the money through membership fees and the sale of knitted cushions and blankets.

Kathy Riches, 82, who set up the group in 2006, said: 'We have a lounge where we all get together, have a chat and a cup of tea and knit. We do it every Monday as it's a nice social thing to do as well as raising money for EACH.

'We either buy our own wool or it gets donated to us, so absolutely all the funds raised goes straight to EACH.'

The knitters sell their creations to fellow residents, family and friends.

Claire LeLievre, EACH fundraiser, said: 'The members of the Holly Court knitting circle are an inspiration. It's wonderful that the whole of Holly Court support the group and buy all the items on offer. It's great that the knitting circle serves as a social activity as well as a fundraising one and we hope their knitting success continues.'