Weʼre raising £5,000 to continue our support of the NHS workers and their patients in Norfolk's three hospitals during the Covid 19 pandemic this winter.
- Norfolk, UK
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Ninety one year old Margaret Seaman is Norfolk's Queen of Knitting and during the lockdown of spring and summer 2020 she created a new knitted masterpiece - a 'Knittingale' hospital!
There is not much Margaret cannot knit - she has already raised more than £50,000 for local charities - and this extraordinary lockdown project is her personal tribute to the NHS teams working in the county's three hospitals during the Covid 19 pandemic.
The three-metre-square, dolls-house style model features an A&E department, separate wards for men, women and children with miniature beds, blankets, chairs and cupboards, all of which are knitted.
There's a cafe (with knitted cakes), a helipad, car park, gardens and reception desk and 58 individual, tiny woollen figures, created by Margaret's friend Jan, who has younger and nimbler fingers!
These photos were taken at Margaret's home in Caistor, near Great Yarmouth, as the highly detailed model was being designed and created during the summer.
After more than three months of knitting, for many hours EVERY day, Margaret's Knittingale is finished and it will hopefully go on show later in the year during the Norfolk Makers Festival, at The Forum Norwich if rescheduled.
In early summer Margaret's work in progress attracted the attention of the local and national press and as a result £3500 has already been raised for Norfolk's hospitals. This is the second crowdfunding page for her Knittingale creation.
(The picture above and the cover picture are by Denise Bradley at the EDP read the full story at this link - Margaret in the EDP )
All funds raised by the 'Knittingale' will be divided between the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, in Norwich, the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Kings Lynn.
ITN's Nina Nannar interviewed Margaret at the start of the project. Click on the video below to watch her report.
Click on the video below from the Daily Telegraph online
Margaret has raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities through her unique knitting projects over the past few years.
Fans of the Norfolk Makers Festival, at The Forum in Norwich, will remember how she knitted Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile, in its 1970s hey day. This went on to tour craft shows around the UK, raising funds for a Norfolk hospice.
Click on the video below for Margaret's first ITN News appearance.
More recently, she created an enormous yarn model of Sandringham House, which featured on Good Morning, with Holly and Phil, just before the lockdown, and which raised thousands to help a local girl fighting cancer.
Margaret and her daughter, Tricia, have spent the summer months of 2020 at their home in Caistor, near Yarmouth, surrounded by balls of wool, sketches, polystyrene blocks and tiny knitted figures of nurses, doctors and patients.
Like so many charity knitters, they enjoy using their crafting skills to help others. Please donate. Every pound raised will go to our local NHS teams. Thank you.
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Jan 16, 2021
Well done, Margaret! Your models are so brilliant, and we look forward to seeing the real thing at some point later in the year!
Jan 13, 2021
Jan 13, 2021
Wonderful !!Good luck with the fundraising.
Jan 13, 2021
I saw the photo of your Knittingale Hospital on the Norwich Forum email. It looks amazing and I look forward to seeing it for real later in the year.
Jan 11, 2021
I read your story in take a break magazine and think you are just wonderful and your knitting skills are unreal.
Jan 8, 2021
Jan 7, 2021
Saw the article in Take a Break - your creativity is amazing and you are supporting such important work
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