Find out how keen knitters raised over £1,000 for Macmillan

Lucy McKelvey held a knitathon at her business Lucy Locket Land.
Lucy McKelvey held a knitathon at her business Lucy Locket Land.

Keen knitters came together to take part in a 12-hour knitathon which raised more than a thousand pounds for Macmillan.

The unique fundraiser was the idea of business woman Lucy McKelvey, who owns shop Lucy Locket Land offering craft materials and workshops.

The raffle prizes on offer at the Lucy Locket Land fundraiser.

The raffle prizes on offer at the Lucy Locket Land fundraiser.

Lucy, from East Boldon, was delighted with the success of the event which raised £1,364 for the charity.

It saw dedicated knitters knit from 9am to 9pm at the store Dovedale Road, Seaburn, while enjoying a coffee morning and raffle.

Lucy, a former estate agent, opened the store in April and said she decided to hold the event following the positive response she had received to the business.

She said: “I was incredibly pleased with the response - from those who donated prizes from all over the country and even Australia - to all the online donations for raffle tickets.

Business owner Lucy McKelvey held a fundraiser at her store, Lucy Locket Land to raise funds for Macmillan.

Business owner Lucy McKelvey held a fundraiser at her store, Lucy Locket Land to raise funds for Macmillan.

“We also had a great response from the visitors who came on the day and brought friends and family.
“People also donated raffle prizes and cakes, donated money for their drinks, bought raffle tickets and offered their help and support throughout the day.

“We’ve worked out that we had over 50 visitors - some regulars and some for the first time - and there were over 75 raffle prizes.”

The new business provides a creative hub for people by running workshops ranging from knitting to crocheting and pottery.

Money raised from the charity event will go to Macmillan, which helps those going through cancer by providing care, as well as helping with issues such as money worries and advice about work.

Lucy added: “My dad, Tim Lovel, was a consultant in palliative medicine at St Benedict’s Hospice and is now retired, so cancer is something that I have had a lot of awareness of.

“I have not lost anyone close to me due to cancer, but I just came up with the idea and saw it as a good way of using my knowledge and contacts in crafting to raise money for a worthy cause.”