Knitted Cake to Celebrate Raising £100,000 for St Peter’s Hospice

photo-1-webThe infamous Knutty Knitters who caused a media storm with their life-sized knitted nativity scene have out done themselves this year with a special knitted cake, in celebration of hitting their £100,000 fundraising total.

The group of six women from Bristol dubbed ‘The Knutty Knitters’, began fundraising for local charity St Peter’s Hospice three years ago and have since reached the six-figure total through a series of wacky fundraisers.  The ladies first hit the headlines after creating their special ‘knitivity’ scene, which they now tour around Bristol and which has appeared on Christmas cards, raising money for the hospice.

When founding member of the Knutty Knitters, Christine, died of bowel cancer at St Peter’s Hospice in December 2011 the group decided to raise money in her memory for the Hospice which cared for her.   Knitter Alison Spurrell said: “It is absolutely unbelievable how much we have managed to raise in the past few years, none of us can quite believe it! What started as a nice idea to remember our friend Christine, has turned into a bit of a phenomenon and we couldn’t be prouder!  The Knitivity has been featured on a special St Peter’s Hospice Christmas card, which has been their best ever seller and hundreds of people come out to see us on our tour. We wanted to make the cake as a way to celebrate the £100,000 mark, something we never thought we would achieve.  St Peter’s Hospice cared so wonderfully for our friend Christine at the end of her life. Although the tour is great fun for us, we want to raise as much as possible for this amazing charity.”

The knitters, made up of Alison, Jean Richards, Anne Iles, Eileen Agnew, Pat Dardis and Bradley Stoke resident Julia Worth, all worked together at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Monks Park and started knitting together in their spare time.

St Peter’s Hospice CEO Simon Caraffi said: “The Knutty Knitters made a big impact when they first showed their amazing life-size Knitivity but I don’t think anyone quite expected the response from the public to be so warm.  The people of Bristol, and further afield, really took the Knitivity to their hearts and thanks to the hard work of the marvellous knitting ladies they have now raised £100,000 for St Peter’s Hospice.  Their creativity resulted in our best-selling Christmas card ever and hugely popular road trips showing the Knitivity at various venues to raise funds, not to mention their starring appearance on The One Show.  All of us at St Peter’s are very proud of their achievement and I want to thank them personally for their dedication and fun-loving joyful approach which has always made it very enjoyable to work with them.”

photo-4-webSt Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser Petra Littlefair said: “The Knutty Knitters have been fantastic fundraisers for us and we’re so proud of them for reaching £100,000!  Their fun attitudes, love for life and determination to make their efforts a success has meant that people have really got behind them and the hospice has benefitted greatly. Not only that, they have become mini local celebrities in the process!  Fundraising like this means so much to us at the hospice and means we can continue caring for our patients and their families when they need us.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day. For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

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