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These Manchester Appeal Crochet Celebs Are Taking The World By Storm
Meet the lady who is raising money for victims of terror through the wonderful world of crochet. Following the recent attacks in London and Manchester, Caroline Reid, from Exeter, has decided to do her bit to help the appeal. She is attempting to crochet 20 mini celebrities in just 20 days. She then plans to auction off the finished dolls to try and raise funds for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. You can find her JustGiving charity fundraising page here. Her deadline is the 24th June 2017, so get donating quick and do your bit!
“To anyone who is considering donating, this for a really worthy cause and I would be so grateful for the support. Every penny counts, so even if it is just 50p, it will all go towards the Manchester Appeal. Anyone who donates can also put forward ideas of celebrities they would like to see rendered in crochet and will have the chance to bid for one of the finished dolls”
How did you come up with the idea?
I crocheted some cast members from This Morning which I was initially doing for fun, but then I decided to send them to the studio so they could be donated to the Manchester Appeal. I had so many wonderful comments, including a lovely tweet from Eamonn Holmes! I thought why not challenge myself to make more of these celebs for such a worthy cause? If I could spread the word and even get recognition from the celebrities that I crochet, I might be able to make more money for Manchester.
How much money are you hoping to raise?
I’ve set a target on Just Giving to raise at least £200, but I want to try and raise as much as I can. I am hoping to do this by auctioning off the finished celebrity dolls at the end of the 20 days and adding this to the fund!
Which celebrities can we look out for?
I’m currently working on the lovely Robbie Williams and I hope to also get started on Ed Sheeran very soon. I have taken to social media to ask for ideas and I have a very long list including the rest of the artists who performed at the One Love Manchester concert. People have also suggested the Loose Women from ITV and the Britain’s Got Talent judges – I am still open to requests!
“My favourite celebrity to crochet is David Bowie. I have crocheted him as Ziggy Stardust and as Jareth from the film The Labyrinth – I am a big Bowie fan!”
How much does it mean to you to raise money for the Manchester attack?
It would mean so much as it’s something that has really resonated with me. I have a nine year-old daughter who is music-mad and she’d love to go to a live concert. It fills me with horror to think that a girl younger than my own daughter lost her life so tragically. The fact that the attack was aimed at such innocent young people makes me very sad. So I hope in my own small way, I can make a positive difference to the friends and family of the victims.
To donate and follow Caroline’s progress, click here
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