A HUGE thank you to everyone who has kindly supported Lauren Childs’s call for knitted squares for her All about ME Knitathon project.
Her aim now is to exhibit the blankets she is making at Coventry Cathedral for the duration of ME Awareness Week (7th – 13th May).
Lauren writes, “I decided to set up a knitathon for ME awareness week 2018 as I believe doing something once a day that makes you happy (no matter what, no matter how well you do it, or how long for), keeps you going and keeps you mentally strong too!”
We’ve lost count of how many boxes of knitted squares we’ve mailed off to Lauren for her M.E. Knitathon project.
She now has the makings of quite a few blankets and is seeking help with sourcing and erecting quilting frames etc. to aid the display of these.
Helen Hyland, ME Association Fundraising Manager, says, “The ME Community has responded magnificently to Lauren’s call for squares and almost every single square has been sent with special messages and greetings, explaining how M.E. has affected people's lives not just in UK but from around the world.
“Now we’ve got to find the best way to showcase these efforts and get those messages to a wider audience and we’re writing to ask for your help. We need staging to mount and display the blankets to good effect in Coventry Cathedral, and we need people to help with the actual displaying.
“There’s also a good chance that she’ll get to show some of the work at the #MillionsMissing demonstration at Birmingham Cathedral that week as well.
“If you can give Lauren a hand, then please contact her via her All About ME Knitathon Facebook page.”
If you don’t live near Coventry but would like to see what Lauren has been up to then visit her Facebook page. It reveals many of the stories and a whole host of the knitted and crocheted squares she has received.
Lauren hopes to display the completed blankets in a virtual exhibition on her Facebook page through ME Awareness Week before they are to be donated to people with severe M.E. around the UK.
And if you would like to donate to Lauren’s fundraising challenge, please visit her JustGiving page.