NIFTY knitters will transform Offchurch this weekend and all for a good cause.
KnittiGraffiti, a two-week extravaganza of colour will see the village ‘yarn-bombed’ with creative knit-work to help raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice and its care for local life limited and life threatened children and support for their families.
Trees, swings, railings, gates and fences across the village will be festooned with yards of colourful knitted creations for the festival, which runs from this Saturday until July 3, with money raised also going towards a new toilet for the local church, St Gregory’s.
Event organiser, Sue Lyne from Offchurch Craft Group, hopes lots of people come along to see the woolen-wonders for themselves.
She said: “We’ve got a host of incredible creations for visitors to marvel at. There’ll be a large aviary in the village field featuring all manner of knitted birds. The churchyard will play host to colourful trees, bees, ladybirds, little animals and an array of knitted flowers. This really is an event not to be missed.
“No work will go to waste after the event, as a selection will be put on show at the Art in the Park exhibition in Leamington in August and the rest will be washed and resewn into blankets and scarves.”
The event will include refreshments, raffle, craft stall and a silent auction to help raise money for Acorns, which in the past year has cared for 43 children and supported 53 families from Warwickshire, including those who are bereaved.
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Joanne Danaher from Acorns Fund-raising team, said: “This is such a wonderful and imaginative fund-raising idea and we’re really grateful to Offchurch Craft Group and their helpers. The skill and time put into these knitted creations is quite something and we can’t wait to see the sights for ourselves this weekend.”
Visit www.offchurch.org.uk for more information on KnittiGraffiti, and www.acorns.org.uk for furtehr information about Acorns.