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Knitters and crocheters wanted for Highland Hospice sunflower project


By Ali Morrison

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Calling all Sutherland folk who enjoy knitting and crocheting – Highland Hospice needs your help in an ambitious project it is undertaking.

The charity’s head of fundraising Andrew Leaver has come up with an idea to mark Wear Yellow Day on May 28, 2021.

A wall of cheerful, handmade crochet sunflowers.
A wall of cheerful, handmade crochet sunflowers.

He has taken inspiration from the fabulous poppy displaysin 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

But instead of poppies, he is keen to create an “amazing cascade” of knitted and crocheted sunflowers to flow over the balcony in the hospice reception.

The display would not only mark the Wear Yellow event but also celebrate staff and volunteers and raise much needed funds.

Mr Leaver said: “We think it will take up to a year to collect enough sunflowers to really make an impact.”

He added: “Please spread the word and encourage your friends and relatives to get involved too. The more sunflowers we have, the more impressive it will look.”

Highland Hospice provide specialist palliative care across the north. It is funded mainly by voluntary donations and NHS Highland.

Anyone keen to take part can download knitting or crochet patterns at: www.highlandhospice.org/sunflowercascade

For more information, email Mr Leaver at: a.leaver@highlandhospice.org.uk

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