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Are you willing to sew an extra mile for CHAS?

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Sandra Farrer launching a project to knit a seven-mile scarf in aid of CHAS - at home in Bower Park, Gateside

SSHC 0414055 sandra farrer Sandra Farrer launching a project to knit a seven-mile scarf in aid of CHAS - at home in Bower Park, Gateside

Crafty folk in north east Fife are being urged to take part in an ambitious charity challenge - to create a scarf measuring seven miles long.

Work has just begun on the giant garment, which it’s reckoned will be finished in September and will stretch all the way from Gateside to Rachel House, the children’s hospice in Kinross.

The project is the brainchild of Sandra Farrer, a retired teacher at Gateside Primary, who was inspired by a group in Wales who made it into the Guinness Book of Records with a scarf measuring an incredible 33 miles, raising thousands for their local children’s hospice.

“We want people to knit, sew or crochet scarves measuring no less than 1.5 metres each - 7511 in all,” explained Sandra.

“In September, we’ll have a 24-hour ‘stitchathon’ to sew them altogether to create the seven-mile scarf, then they’ll be unpicked and sold off in aid of CHAS.

“The more special ones will be auctioned at a charity dinner, so people can be as creative as they wish.”

Already the idea has caught the imagination of knitters all over north east Fife and Kinross-shire - and even as far afield as Brisbane, Australia.

Staff at Scottish Natural Heritage in Cupar also plan to take up the idea, using wool left over from their ‘Knitted Nature’ project that was showcased in Holyrood last year.

A number of drop-off points have already been established, including the YMCA in Cupar and Sainsbury’s Kinross, but Sandra is seeking further storage space and would be pleased to hear from any local businesses who could help.

For more information on the Scarf Challenge, visit www.chas.org.uk or the GatesideFife Facebook page.

 

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