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Crafters needed to sew the extra mile

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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

The woman behind a project to create a seven-mile scarf for charity has issued an urgent appeal for help after her plans were almost unravelled by a technical glitch.

Retired teacher Sandra Farrer has until the end of September to gather enough 1.5 metre scarves to make a giant garment that stretches from Gateside, where she lives, to Rachel House children’s hospice in Kinross.

Eventually they’ll all be separated and sold off individually to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

The idea caught the imagination of crafters and knitters from as far afield as America and Australia - but to Sandra’s dismay, she had no response from the crafting groups she contacted throughout Scotland.

Then, with just six weeks in which to reach her target of just over 7500 scarves, she learned that many of her e-mails had ended up as ‘spam’.

“We are holding a charity dinner and will auction some of the spectacular scarves, as well as those donated by celebrities Karen Dunbar and Clare Grogan,” said Sandra.

“I had emailed some artists to see if they could give their time to entertain at the event, and when I didn’t hear back I wrote again.

“This was when I discovered my mail had gone into spam boxes. When I thought about it, everyone who is on board with the appeal has been contacted by word of mouth, face to face meetings or direct phone calls.

“Having been involved with charity causes in the past, I knew I could count on the crafters to make scarves for me and 7000 would be no problem.

“Hundreds of scarves flooded in from the locality of Kinross, but none from groups further afield.

“With only a few weeks left we are contacting some of the groups if they have Facebook, but it has cost us a lot in scarves.

“If there is anyone out there who knits, crochets or sews, and would like to help CHAS, or knows anyone who belongs to a knitting group, please spread the word.”

Sandra can be contacted by email at sandra_farrer@yahoo.com or by phone on 07523 550014.

 

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