Crafty six donate £25,000

Friends who started hand-making goods to sell

for charity have now handed over an amazing

£25,000 to good causes. Deborah Wain reports


IX talented members of ‘Pearl 1 Knit 1’ knit, sew, crochet

and make attractive jewellery from their homes in


The group was set up in 2008 by Sue Spriggs and Jean Hartley

who are joined by Alison Marquand, Jan Poulton, Sue Hart, Sue

Lewis and a team of supporters. They sell items through a popular

annual show and other stalls, talks and events.

Sue explained: “As long-standing friends approaching retirement,

we wanted to reignite our creative side, learn new skills, and

hopefully turn our handiwork into a benefit for charity.

“We decided that to maximise the benefit to charity, we should

sell our hand-made goods from my house in the autumn with

Christmas in mind. We chose to donate the takings from our first

sale to the local branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“We invited everyone we knew to come along and then we held

our breath! No one was more amazed than we were to find at the

end of the sale, we had raised £860!

“Inspired and delighted by the success of our first event, we felt

confident to continue with our enterprise over the following years,

our watchword being ‘quality handmade goods at affordable prices’.

“We have learnt new techniques for jewellery-making and widened

our sewing, knitting and crocheting skills by taking part in

workshops, visiting craft shows, and joining local creative groups.

“All proceeds taken, apart from reimbursement for the cost of

materials, have been given to charity.”

Members used to make one or two examples of their pieces and

then take orders but now they carry stock all year round. The

autumn sale at Sue’s house has grown from running for two days to

four days – and, said Sue, takes over her entire ground floor!

Pearl 1 Knit 1 changes the charities that it supports each year but

has supported some more than once.

“From £860 raised in 2008, we have in the last few years been able

to donate £3,000 each year, shared between three charities.


INGERWORTH Tennis Club is looking

to attract new members of all ages

and abilities this summer.

The courts have been cleaned and repainted

and are awaiting your arrival! The club’s

Open Morning is on April 14th from 9-

11.30am when you can join in and meet the

members; you don’t need a racquet and balls

as they are provided.

If you cannot make the Open Morning then

call in any Saturday or Sunday morning, 9-

11am, or Wednesday evening after 6pm and

have a chat with whoever is on the courts,


See you

on court!

or visit

Club Adult Tennis coaching will begin on

Thursday, May 2nd, and run every Thursday

evening until 12th September. This year,

the club has a Level 3 licensed coach from

‘Tennis Chesterfield’.

Pictured are, back row, from left: Sue Hart, Jan Poulton,

Alison Marquand. Front: Sue Lewis, Sue Spriggs, Jean Hartley

“We are very proud to have given substantial sums to many local

charities: £4,300 to Fairplay, £2,900 to Ashgate Hospice, £1,860 to

the local MS branch, £1,500 to each of the new Macmillan Centre,

Air Ambulance, Tiny Tim Trust, and £1,000 to each of Derbyshire

Carers, Pathways, Citizens Advice and Nenna Kind Cancer Support.

Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Research, and

the British Heart Foundation, have also received donations.

“To date, a total of £25,000 has been raised, a figure of which we

feel immensely proud and pleased. And we also feel encouraged and

empowered to do more,” said Sue.

Sue’s husband, Mike, helps by serving tea and cakes, baked by

Sylvia Tidmarsh and Ann Holmes among others.

“We also have a loyal group of friends who help with the wrapping

of purchases and collection of money, the selling of raffle tickets and

quiz sheets, and, most importantly, with the constant stream of cups

and plates that need washing up,” added Sue.

This yea,r the Specialist Stroke Centre in Holmewood will be the

focus of efforts.

‘Pearl 1 Knit 1’ will have a stall in the marquee at Wingerworth Fun

Day on May 18th.

6-7pm is for new/beginner players either

trying to brush up on their tennis skills or

sampling a new sport. 7-8pm is for improver

and team players.

All equipment is provided, £6 per session

for pay and play, or sign up for a block of 10

lessons and save £10!

Call Gareth on 07760 663 950 or email for further

details or to book your place.

There will be free tennis coaching for

everyone at Wingerworth Festival, 1-4pm,

Saturday, May18th.

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