Swindon’s knitters rose to Age Concern’s Supergran challenge in the Autumn to knit 1,000 tiny hats, but they made five times that number.
The quirky campaign, run in conjunction with Innocent and Sainsbury’s, saw knitters across the nation busily clicking. The peculiar sight of bottles in chiller cabinets wearing woolly hats raised smiles, but sent out a serious reminder of the difficulties faced by older people during cold months.
Age Concern received 50p for each hat towards their support services for older people. Swindon’s knitters made 5,454 hats, raising over ?2,500. Fundraising manager, Mel Richards, was overwhelmed by the effort. "We are immensely grateful to everyone in and around Swindon who knitted some beautiful bobble hats to help us raise so much money this winter. We urgently need funds to sustain our work throughout the year and this project made a major contribution."
One of the knitters, Mrs Barker, also created a splendid knitted nativity scene and a festive figure which stands two feet tall.
To raise even more money for the charity SwindonLink contacted Marc Tielemans of Let Us Auction It who has agreed to auction the two items on ebay commission free.
Bidding starts on 1 and closes on 11 February. Make your offers at: www.letusauctionit.co.uk
Site celebrates two years
Marc Tielemans of Let us Auction It (LUAI), Wiltshire’s only eBay drop-off store, in Cheney Manor, is celebrating another year of successfully helping local customers sell their valuables.
Pictured: Marc Tielemans of Let us Auction It and Jo Osorio, Director of Age Concern Swindon
Auctioning items on the internet has become hugely popular in the last few years because of the worldwide audience of millions of potential buyers, in contrast to a traditional auction where perhaps only 100 people or so may attend. Over 20 per cent of goods sold by LUAI are shipped abroad to America, Japan, Australia or Europe.
Let Us Auction It does all the hard work, from taking photographs, researching the item and writing a description, to answering emails from potential buyers, collecting payment from the winning bidder and posting the item. Simply drop your goods off and wait for the cheque to arrive. Only items with a value of ?35 or more can be accepted.
Apart from interesting artifacts, Marc has sold cars, houses and complete businesses on eBay. For details see www.letusauctionit.co.uk, call 522204 or drop into BSS House, Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.