‘You have lifted the spirits of the nation’ - PM’s praise for Norfolk knitting queen

Margaret Seaman, 91, with her latest knitted creation, Knittingale Hospital, to raise money for Norf

Margaret Seaman, 91, with her latest knitted creation, Knittingale Hospital, to raise money for Norfolk hospitals. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

The Norfolk woman whose knitted lockdown masterpiece has created headlines around the world has won the praise of Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson has praised Norfolk knitter Margaret Seaman Photo: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Boris Johnson has praised Norfolk knitter Margaret Seaman Photo: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

In a personal letter the Prime Minister hailed Margaret Seaman’s inspirational woollen wonder dubbed Knittingale Hospital - a knitted version of the temporary wards bought in in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “I was inspired to hear of your fantastic ‘Knittingale Hospital’ through which you have sewn together a stunning symbol of our NHS and a wonderful tribute to the extraordinary men and women who are fighting on the frontline of our battle against Coronavirus.

“You have raised thousands of pounds and lifted the spirits of the nation.”

His words came as he handed out a daily Points of Light award aimed at recognising outstanding volunteer and community contributions that make a difference.

The restaurant in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The restaurant in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

MORE: Great-great-grandmother creates Knittingale Hospital to raise money for NHSMrs Seaman’s knitted hospital has so far raised around £5,000 as people move to translate their admiration into cash for Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

Overall, however, she has raised over £50,000 with previous knitting feats including Great Yarmouth seafront in the 1970s and half of Sandringham House, the Queen’s Norfolk residence.


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She said she was delighted with the award, although she hadn’t received the letter yet.

The 91-year-old and her daughter Patricia Wilson took a phone call last week confirming Mr Johnson’s intention to applaud her achievements via the awards scheme.

Knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital under the rainbow. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital under the rainbow. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

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She said she was “speechless” to discover her knitting efforts had caught the eye of the PM.

“I cannot believe it ,” she said.

“I have not come down to Earth yet.

“I look at it different to other people.

Margaret Seaman, 91, with her latest knitted creation, Knittingale Hospital, to raise money for Norf

Margaret Seaman, 91, with her latest knitted creation, Knittingale Hospital, to raise money for Norfolk hospitals. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

“It does not seem to me that I am doing anything special.

“I enjoy what I am doing and I like to keep on doing it as long as I can.

“People like looking at the knitting and I like raising the money too.”

Knittingale recently faced a bank of local and national photographers at The Forum, in Norwich, but has been packed away until February when it will be on display as part of the Norfolk Makers Festival.

One of the patients featured in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRAD

One of the patients featured in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Meanwhile Mrs Seaman has a string of interviews to complete, talking to reporters over various digital platforms from across the world.

She is always alert to new venues that can host the model, and crucially help it to raise more money.

But with that project in the bag she is turning her attention back to Sandringham which is only half finished - ahead of a planned period of display in the ballroom of its real life counterpart.

To donate visit the JustGiving website and search for Margaret Seaman or click the link here.

A nurse and a patient featured in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BR

A nurse and a patient featured in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Margaret Seaman's latest knitted creation, Knittingale Hospital, to raise money for Norfolk hospital

Margaret Seaman's latest knitted creation, Knittingale Hospital, to raise money for Norfolk hospitals. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Staff at their desks in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Staff at their desks in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

A doctor at work in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A doctor at work in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Paramedics from the air ambulance in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE

Paramedics from the air ambulance in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

One of the patients featured in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRAD

One of the patients featured in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

One of the patients featured in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRAD

One of the patients featured in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Patients in the children's ward in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE B

Patients in the children's ward in knitter Margaret Seaman's Knittingale Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Margaret Seaman's latest knitted creation, Knittingale Hospital, to raise money for Norfolk hospital

Margaret Seaman's latest knitted creation, Knittingale Hospital, to raise money for Norfolk hospitals. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

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