Sunderland kids help build world’s biggest rag doll

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LITTLE artists have been getting crafty to try to be record-breakers.

Youngsters from craft sessions held at St John’s Church, Ashbrooke, are helping to build the world’s biggest rag doll – which will eventually stand over 28 feet high – by creating their own fabric squares.

Children have been taking part in a summer-long project to make a giant rag-doll - pictured are three-year-olds Erin Baughan and Jacob Albertsen with their mothers Mariam and Maria.

Children have been taking part in a summer-long project to make a giant rag-doll - pictured are three-year-olds Erin Baughan and Jacob Albertsen with their mothers Mariam and Maria.

ARTventurers craft sessions have teamed up with Project Rag Doll, which is making the giant toy made up of pieces of material decorated by children from across the North East.

Fiona Simpson, who runs ARTventurers, said: “As soon as I heard about Project Rag Doll, I was really keen for all of my Little ARTventurers to become involved.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to see their individual creations form part of something really huge and very special created by children from across the North East.”

Project Rag Doll is the brainchild of Sunderland-born Maria Albertsen, who owns a rag doll company called Rag Heroes which recently won funding and support from Richard Branson.

Alongside Virgin Media Pioneers, the mogul has made Maria a North-East Ambassador for entrepreneurship, representing pioneers in the region.

Maria is planning to find a venue to display the huge rag doll over the summer once it’s completed, so that all of the children who have taken part in the project can attend a special awards ceremony and view the finished work.

l To find out more about Project Rag Doll visit www.ragheroes.co.uk.

Any child from the North East can take part in the project by decorating their own piece of fabric to be used in the creation of the doll.

For more information, get in touch with Fiona from ARTventurers by emailing mail@artventurers.co.uk or visiting www.artventurers.co.uk.