Knitters’ dragon making is a roaring success for Alzheimer’s cause

Wendy Fletcher, Linda Allen, Jenny Brocklehurst, Alison Barnes, Rachel Sobiechowski and Diane King f

Wendy Fletcher, Linda Allen, Jenny Brocklehurst, Alison Barnes, Rachel Sobiechowski and Diane King from the Brandon Knit and Knatter group with their dragons for the Alzheimer's Society. - Credit: Archant

A group of knitting fanatics have been getting creative to produce a horde of adorable dragons as part of a charity fundraiser.

Wendy Fletcher, Linda Allen, Jenny Brocklehurst, Alison Barnes, Rachel Sobiechowski and Diane King f

Wendy Fletcher, Linda Allen, Jenny Brocklehurst, Alison Barnes, Rachel Sobiechowski and Diane King from the Brandon Knit and Knatter group with their dragons for the Alzheimer's Society. - Credit: Archant

The Brandon Knit and Knatter group have stitched more than 50 colourful fire-breathing beasts in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

The group held a knit-a-long event on Wednesday, with knitters of all ages and experiences getting involved.

The dragons will be heading off to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village in order to be sold in aid of the charity.

Rachel Sobiechowski, group member, said the theme of 'swamp dragons' had been picked in memory of Terry Pratchett.

'We asked some designers if we could use their patterns to make, and they were very happy for us to do so.

'I set up a Facebook page for Brandon people who wanted to take part and we've since had people get involved who had never knitted or crocheted before, while others were very experienced.

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'May of us that are taking part have had friends and family members that have or have had Alzheimer's so it's a worthwhile cause,' she said.

Marty Macloughlin, group member, said her multi-coloured effort had been a pleasure to produce.

'Knitting is very therapeutic and keeps my fingers supple and loose, and it's a lovely past-time,' she said.

A website - www.dragonsforalzheimers.weebly.com - has been set up with more information.

Are you holding a fundraising event? Let us know by emailing tbw.news@archant.co.uk

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