Eight hundred down ... just 6700 to go!

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The Gateside woman spearheading a remarkable charity challenge has thrown down the gauntlet to other crafty people by setting an unusual record.

Retired teacher Sandra Farrer, who’s behind the project to create a seven-mile scarf in aid of CHAS, spent part of the Big Lunch event in Gateside on Sunday sewing together some of the 800 scarves that have already been donated.

She managed to join 11 in the space of just one minute - and now hopes that others will try to beat her at a 24-hour ‘stitch-a-thon’ to be held later this year.

Sandra launched the scarf challenge in February, inspired by a similar event organised by a group in Wales, who raised some £60,000 for their local children’s hospice.

The idea has caught the imagination of knitters, crocheters and sewing enthusiasts from all over the world, who’ve been busy making the 1.5m scarves that will eventually be joined together to create one that stretches all the way from Gateside to Rachel House Children’s Hospice in Kinross.

With 6700 scarves to go, the race is now on to have them all completed in time for the stitch-a-thon, which will be held in Asda’s Perth store from noon on October 11 until noon the following day.

“My overall challenge will be to sew as many as I can together in that 24-hour period,” said Sandra.

“It will be a sponsored event, so people can sponsor me through CHAS or drop in donations over the weekend.

“They can also have a go at setting their own or beating an existing record. They’ll be given three attempts, with the highest number counting.”

Meanwhile Sandra is getting out and about promoting the scarf challenge, visiting venues throughout Fife and Perth and Kinross to demonstrate techniques.

On June 29 she’ll be at the Buckhaven Beehive car boot sale and is inviting youngsters to go along with their old tee-shirts and have a go at making a scarf out of them.

Then on July 4 it’s the turn of the men to get involved, with an arm knitting event in the Bein Inn, Glenfarg.

Said Sandra: “Sick children come in all shapes and sizes and of both sexes.

“Dads are affected as well as mums; brothers as well as sisters, so we would like to do something to get the men involved in helping us reach our target.

“ We are organising a men’s only night where groups of pals can come along and learn to arm knit.

“To warm up, we are holding an arm wrestling competition first, with prizes.”

Later in the month, on July 25, it’s the turn of the ladies to have a go at arm knitting at theBein Inn - with topless butlers and entertainment to make the lessons even more fun.

The scarf appeal will close on September 30 and prior to the stitch-a-thon Sandra and her team will face the daunting task of trying to verify the scarf’s length.

Following the stitch-a-thon the scarves will all be separated again and the more unusual and elaborate ones will be auctioned off at a charity dinner in the Green Hotel, Kinross .

Then on October 26 Gateside Memorial Hall is the venue for a grand sale of the rest of the scarves.

Drop-off points for scarves include the YMCA in Cupar; Sainsbury’s Kinross; Tesco in Edinburgh Road, Perth, and the Royal Bank of Scotland in Cupar, as well as any CHAS shop or office. For more info, visit www.chas.org.uk or the GatesideFife Facebook page.