Knutty Knitters Launch Xmas Cards for Charity

Knutty Knitters Launch Christmas Cards for St Peter’s Hospice

Last year Bristol was taken by storm by a group of self-proclaimed ‘Knutty Knitters’ who delighted the city with a tour of their life-sized ‘Knitivity’ scene.

This year the Knutty Knitters are back and have created a Christmas card using a picture of their popular creations to raise money, once again, for local charity St Peter’s Hospice.

The group of six women from Bristol launched the Christmas card, which is to be sold in all of the 46 St Peter’s Hospice shops across the city as well as online, costing £4 for a pack of 10.

The Christmas card shows a tableau of the ‘Knitivity’ scene in the snow in front of Bristol’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Knutty Knitter Alison Spurrell said: “The popularity of our Knitivity has been astounding and we are all so excited to be launching Christmas cards in aid of the hospice this year.

“Last year during our tour we made our own thank you cards for our supporters and it’s just grown from that. Anything we can do to raise more funds for the fantastic charity which helped our friend so much, we will do!”

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

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.

St Peter’s Hospice head of shops Janet Loud said: “The Christmas cards we sell in our shops always go down a storm with customers and we’re expecting the special Knutty Knitters cards to be even more popular this year.

“You can pick yours up in any of our 46 shops across Bristol and not only will you have really unique, Bristol-themed cards for your friends and family, you will also be supporting a wonderful local charity.

“The cards themselves are gorgeous and show the knitted characters in front of the Suspension Bridge in the snow. The image looks photoshopped because it’s so beautiful but it’s real!

“We’ve already sold lots of cards, with several local companies buying packs to send out to clients and suppliers, which is fantastic.”

St Peter’s Hospice, now in its 35th anniversary year, cares for more than 2,670 patients every year, as well as supporting family members. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice yearly and with 77% of that coming from the generosity of the public, projects like this are vital.

Later in the year the Knutty Knitters will be taking their tour on the road once more with new additions of a camel, a donkey and an angel.

For more information or to order your Christmas cards please visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk/shop/online/christmas-cards/

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