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Livability’s knitted pergola helps to raise over £1,300 at knitting show in Alexandra Palace

October 21 2014

Earlier in 2014 John Grooms Court, a home for disabled adults based in Norwich and a part Livability, knitted a gigantic 8 foot pergola as a fundraiser. Since then it has gained its very own fan base: a Facebook page, been featured on ITV, toured at exhibitions, seen by Prince Edward and raised hundreds of pounds in the process

The knitted pergola paid a visit to Alexandra Palace at the Knitting and Stitching Show (Between Wednesday 8 October and Sunday 12 October) which is a nationally renowned knitting and craft fair. The pergola was viewed by over 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend and raised a total of £1,312 in donations.IMG_3571

The money raised will go towards a variety of causes including our Home Design Appeal which is a campaign we are currently running to help improve the accessibility of kitchens and bathrooms in certain homes around the country. The ultimate aim is to give disabled service users the independence to cook, wash and clean for themselves without feeling limited by design constraints. For more information go to the Home Design Appeal page.

About the Pergola

The idea originated with a resident of John Grooms Court who contributed to their last knitted project – a Christmas tree. The resident suggested that a follow-up project needed to even more spectacular than the tree if they were to gain more support, and so the idea for an entirely knitted Pergola was created!IMG_3608

In order to gain the necessary manpower the Friends of John Grooms court (the charity’s volunteers) distributed over 8,000 yellow postcards to people across Norfolk and Norwich. They then had to reply to hundreds of letters and emails and ensure that everyone was well coordinated and well informed. They then liaised with various knitting groups in the region and tested different samples to see which was most effective. The samples were then collected, organised and sewn to the aforementioned wooden frame. Finally the structure was sprayed with fire retardant to prevent any accidents.



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