Wings 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 S IX talented members of ‘Pearl 1 Knit 1’ knit, sew, crochet and make attractive jewellery from their homes in Wingerworth. 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. W 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, 6 See you on court! or visit wingerworthtennisclub.co.uk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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