Photo gallery: Norwich woollen Olympians will raise cash in aid of Help for Heroes

Head of activities and organiser, Joy Michell, with the Olympic figures she knitted to be auctioned for Help for Heroes at The Warren Care Home, Sprowston. Picture: Denise Bradley Head of activities and organiser, Joy Michell, with the Olympic figures she knitted to be auctioned for Help for Heroes at The Warren Care Home, Sprowston. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
11:19 AM

Care home workers have spent three months creating 17 knitted Olympians to auction off in aid of an armed forces charity.

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The Olympic figures knitted by staff at The Warren Care Home at Sprowston, to be auctioned for Help for Heroes. The tennis player.  Picture: Denise BradleyThe Olympic figures knitted by staff at The Warren Care Home at Sprowston, to be auctioned for Help for Heroes. The tennis player. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Warren Care Home, in Sprowston, hopes to add to its fundraising total for Help for Heroes following an impressive start at its annual summer fete last weekend.

The knitted figures include a canoeist, volleyball player, a gymnast, a weightlifter and even a torch bearer.

Joy Michell, head of activities at the Wroxham Road site, said residents at the home had been keen to get involved with the project.

She said: “We – Hilary Taylor, the manager, a carer, and I – have knitted 17 different Olympic events with the residents. We knitted them and the residents helped stuff them.

“The residents chose which sports they would like and we got the patterns off the internet. They really enjoyed it.”

Altogether, the figures have taken three months to make. Mrs Michell said it was intricate work and everyone was very pleased with the “good looking” athletes they had created.

They will be auctioned off at The Warren on August 10 during the care home’s annual fundraising day in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The auction will raise money for Help for Heroes and will be added to the £345 collected during the home’s summer fete last Saturday.

Residents’ friends and family as well as members of the community were invited in to enjoy the weekend event which included a visit from local Olympic torchbearer Canon Simon Stokes and his guide dog Togger. Mrs Michell said: “That was a surprise for the residents. It made their day having their pictures taken with the torch.”

The Air Ambulance fundraiser on August 10 is open to the public and begins at 2pm, with the auction taking place at 3pm.

To find out more call 01603 426170.

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