- Posted December 21, 2013 by
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Primary School Turns To Knitting Needles To Raise Funds For New School Building
My name is Lorraine Hearn and I am a Freelance Knitwear Designer and mother who's 8 year old daughter Beth attends Aspley Guise Lower School in Bedfordshire, England.
As many parents would know raising funds for schools in this current financial climate is tricky. PTA groups work incredibly hard holding charity events but when you are given a goal of raising £80,000 for a new building I really wanted to do my bit to help which gave me an idea of launching charity knitting e books to help raise the funds for this building.
I approached the school with this idea and before I knew it the children and Glady's the pug puppy came forward to volunteer their services as being models for this book.
They were nervous as they had not done this kind of thing before. Some of these children had no confidence so this was a real challenge for them as I wanted to proove to them how beautiful they really were in their hearts and characters. These children were so determined to do their bit for the school and were true little stars and of course and we must not forget Glady's the pug who also wanted to do her bit and represent the K9 community and how could I refuse that.
I wanted this book to not only be a book of knitting patterns but to have a true heart and purpose.
I grew up in this area and I wanted to the children to experience what it was like for me growing up here. I spent most of my childhood away from the TV and playing up in the woods, visiting my friends stables, playing on allotments and visiting Woburn Abbey during half term holidays so I themed the book in 4 themes "Woodland", "Stables", "Allotment" and "Woburn Abbey" and the designs I put together reflected each theme.
Being a parent whose child is constantly going through growth spirts, I wanted to include garments which could be adjusted to cater for this.
The parents spotted the designs and asked if I could cater for the parents too. So I re graded the designs to cater for adults.
This was going to be a huge task but before we knew it people were coming forward from all different walks of life to support me. Karen Parker a local photographer came forward and offered her services in producing the most stunning photography for this book.
The children were particularly keen on protecting the environment so we really wanted to use Ecological yarns and Cascade Yarns and Rico Design were so wonderful and came forward to provide us with all the yarn we wanted for this project.
Singer/Actress Jacqui Dankworth, The Duke and Duchess of Bedford and the staff of Woburn Abbey, James Frost from the Frosts Garden Centre chain and even hollywood horse star Joey otherwise known as "Warhorse" came forward to support us.
Simply Knitting and Vogue Knitting Magazine and media also heard of our story and also gave wonderful support.
Our e books are now selling to knitters worldwide we have raised $4000 so far and we have a way to go but we are so greatful for everyone's support and the children are so excited and Glady's the pug enjoys doing a little bit of doggy swagger outside the school gates.
Its amazing how a pair of needles has really pulled a community together. Its been a heart warming fulfilling challenge to do something which helps those little ones.
Knitters can purchase these charity knitting e books from the Aspley Collection by clicking on this link.