A Bedfordshire woman is asking people to knit or crochet squares in order to make a huge blanket which she will auction.
Michele Ross wants people who have been affected by cancer to donate a crocheted or knitted square 7" x 7" in any colour and design in memory of someone who has either died, survived or is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
Along with the donated square she requires the name of the person who it represents, the name of the person who has crocheted/knitted the square and their relationship to that person.
The squares will then all joined together in an attempt to make the biggest blanket ever. The blanket will be auctioned before the Macmillan Coffee Morning at Ravensden Village Hall in September, in order to raise money for Macmillan.
Included will also be a small booklet, giving all the details of the contributors to the blanket and the names contributed. This will be available at a small cost (optional to purchase). If someone wants to donate a square but cannot crochet or knit, then for a donation of £2, the square will be crocheted for them and their details included in the book.
Michele chose to fundraise for Macmillan as in March 2012 she went into hospital for a hysterectomy due to endometrial cancer and woke up three weeks later in the critical care unit at Milton Keynes Hospital. During this time, her thyroid had grown to five times its original size and when the thyroid was taken to pathology, another 3mm tumour was found within the thyroid. Both operations were a success; however Michele was left with other health problems. She was kept going at this difficult time by her daughter and her newly born grandson.
About 4-6 weeks after she came out of hospital, Michele saw an advertisement on television for the Macmillan Coffee Morning. She did not need the Macmillan nurses; however she needed the district nurses to change her dressings daily.
She states, 'This made me realise just how important the Macmillan nurses are and I set myself a challenge to host the first Macmillan Coffee morning in September at Ravensden Village Hall. Through physiotherapy and a lot of help I did host the first Macmillan coffee morning whilst in my wheelchair.'
The idea for the blanket came about after she suggested to her daughter that she crochet a blanket as a raffle prize for this year’s Coffee Morning. Michele herself crocheted a square to add to the blanket in memory of her Dad who had battled prostrate and oesophagus cancer and so the idea was born. So far roughly 60 squares have been donated.
In Michele’s own words, 'By helping fundraise for this fantastic and worthwhile cause I know the monies I raise along with my family will help to ensure that there are more Macmillan nurses available to care for cancer sufferers and their families.'
If you would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send your square to 1 Widecombe Close, Bedford, Beds. MK40 3BL