A BUSY Kenilworth woman is helping keep heads warm this winter.
Joanne Randle is nearing the end of a year-long charity mission for Macmillan Cancer Research – setting herself the challenge to knit 365 woollen hats in 365 days.
The 43 year-old was already making hats as a hobby but this turned into something a lot more meaningful after her husband Kevan was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer – losing his hair in the process.
Seeing how useful the hats were to her 48 year-old husband, Joanne decided to make hats for patients at the Aylesford Ward – the specialist cancer unit at Warwick Hospital.
Joanne said: “Macmillan were so good to us that I decided to crochet a “few” hats for them to give to other cancer sufferers that had lost their hair. Well, this accelerated until I decided to try to make 365 hats in 365 days.
“It just started out as a hobby of mine but after seeing the good it can do I decided to up my efforts. I started at the end of January last year so I have until the end of the month to finish.
“As Christmas was a busy time for me, I’m making at least two a day to catch up and hopefully meet my target”
Joanne has received support from St Nicholas Church regulars who donated wool by the bundle for her, and also from the St Nicholas Church Scout Group where Kevan is a leader.
Sewarty, a knitting supplies store in Kenilworth, has also backed Joanne, ensuring she has the necessary supplies to complete her challenge.
Joanne added: “The support from others has been fantastic, every now and then a big donation of wool turns up and sometimes I can’t believe how much there is. Its great to still receive supplies like this, especially as I get towards the end of my mission.
“Thank you to everyone for all the support we’ve received, both with this challenge and with the fight that Kevan has had in 2014 to get him into remission where he is at present.”