A Keighley woman has been warming heads and hearts across the local community by selling her hand-knitted hats for charity.
78 year-old Pat McClelland, who lives in Long Lee, spent weeks knitting a collection of warm and colourful woolly hats to be sold at the Sue Ryder charity shop in Skipton where she has volunteered for the last nine years.
The handmade hats, which are made entirely from wool donated by shop customers, flew off the shelves and raised an incredible £500 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, which provides expert palliative care and bereavement support to local people living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families.
This is the seventh year that Pat has sold her hats in aid of the Oxenhope hospice, bringing her total fundraising total to over £3,000.
Talking about her fundraising success, Pat said, “I really enjoy volunteering for Sue Ryder and knitting these hats has given me a real purpose through the pandemic. The fact it has raised money for Manorlands means the world to me.”
Adam Brunskill, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, said: “We’re so grateful to Pat for not only dedicating her time to volunteer for us, but for also going above and beyond to personally fundraise. With the support of generous supporters like Pat, we can continue to provide our compassionate care and support to local people and their loved ones.”
Pat is currently on the lookout for more donations of wool to keep her fundraising going. Donations can be made to the Sue Ryder shop on Keighley Road in Skipton, BD23 2LP.
To find out more about Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, and ways you can support them, visit: sueryder.org/manorlands