Knitting group friends have fundraising all sewn up

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They knit, they natter...and between them they have raised £2,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

Jill Driskell saw for herself just how important the work of Sheffield’s only hospice is when her son Will was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2011.

It was Will who had actually encouraged Jill to take up knitting – and following his sad death it became a hobby that grew into a great fundraising idea.

Joined by Will’s widow Amy, Jill gathered a group of friends together to launch their own group, Netherby Knit and Natter, at Jill’s home on Abbey Lane in Sheffield.

“We love the fact that we can help other families while having fun and enjoying our hobby,” said Jill.

And up to now the group’s creativity in knitting everything from tea cosies to Christmas tree decorations has raised £2,000.

“This really is a fantastic achievement, and demonstrates that there are so many ways to support St Luke’s,” said Community Fundraising Assistant Susie Jackson.

“We need to raise at least £4.5 million annually just to maintain our current levels of service for all the people of Sheffield, so groups like Netherby Knit and Natter really do make an enormous contribution.”