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    Posted April 22, 2011 by
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Watching the royal wedding

    MrsTwins and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Royal wedding

    The Royal Wedding Blanket to mark the occasion of William and Kate's Wedding.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MrsTwins had an idea in January 2010 to make 'Blankets for the Elderly' in teh UK in memory of her grandmother who was able to live to 103 independently with good health and friends and family. 'I realize there are many elderly people who aren't so lucky. I invited my friends to send me six inch crocheted or knitted queares. I was amazed because the first ones started coming in from the USA then Europe. I have now made 61 "Sunshine Blankets" with twenty-five quares in each totaling 1,525 squares. I have actually received over 2000 suares now from all over the world. In Februrary of this year, I set a Royal Wedding challenge. I had the idea to make a blanket to celebrate the Royal Wedding between William and Kate. The squares started coming in from all of the world.'
    - nancyt3, CNN iReport producer

    My name is Sue,


      I run an on-line Crocheting and Knitting group in the UK with members all over the world. We are busy making 'Sunshine Blankets' for Elderly residents in Nursing homes in the UK. My members send me 6" squares and I put them together. We have already made 61  Blankets which have been hand-delivered to the Elderly.

    Many elderly people sit alone in nursing homes for hours on end not seeing their family and friends and we hope that a gift of a hand-made blanket would be like a ray of sunshine into their lives, bringing a smile to their faces knowing that someone has taken the time and trouble to make a square for their blanket.

    We are not only helping the Elderly but we are also having fun as a Group having monthly Challenges.  Amongst these I set a special Challenge to make a Royal Wedding Blanket. My members never fail to amaze me because I have had Squares come in from all over the World as far as USA, Canada,  UK, Europe, Australia and NZ.



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