Staff members from Castle Gardens in Sherborne (and their mums!) have dusted off their knitting needles to make Christmas decorations which will be sold to raise money for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
The team has been spending every spare minute knitting chubby angels, Father Christmas', plump Christmas puddings, snowmen, crackers and many more decorations for people to hang on their trees this Christmas. In a break from knitting, Louise Burks, Director of The Gardens Group said: "It has been great fun getting together to knit the decorations but some of us needed a bit more practice than others to get the designs perfect. We wanted the profit from the sales of the knitted decorations to go to a local charity and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is one which everyone involved wanted to support as they do such a lot in the local area."
"This is the first year that we have made our own decorations and the customers love them. We hope that next year we will be able to get more people involved so we can knit enough decorations to sell in our Poundbury and Yeovil garden centres too. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work, let's hope we sell lots so we can give Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance a nice big cheque in the New Year," enthused Louise.
The wool used to make the decorations has been donated by Castle Gardens and the team of knitters includes: Margaret Bicknell, Liz Laws, Fran Powell, Alison Extance and Louise Burks, all staff members at Castle Gardens, as well as mums Joan Burks and Sheila Weeks. The money raised will be donated to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance which provides sickness and injury relief to patients in the Somerset and Dorset Area.