‘Knit a Nipper’


Keen knitters in Erewash are being asked to get involved in a heart-warming project to raise money for the borough mayor’s chosen charities.

Entitled ‘Knit a Nipper’, residents can knit tiny brooches to be sold at various outlets to raise money for Derbyshire Action for Children and the Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

The knitted characters will help fundraising efforts for the two charities being supported by the mayor, Cllr Sue Beardsley.

Cllr Beardsley is working with Rachael Spence, of Ilkeston’s Friends of Victoria Park group, on the project.

A number of knitters have already eagerly got involved in the charity drive, with a whole range of colourful and adorable little nippers having been already produced and sold.

The crafty supporters are continuing to click their knitting needles to produce as many cute characters for the brooches as possible. 

Cllr Beardsley commented: “I want to send out my personal thanks to all those knitters already getting behind this fabulous fundraising project to raise money for two important children’s charities.”

The mayor quipped: “It’s been widely dubbed a ‘purl-er of an idea’ and I hope, as more people get to hear about it, that they will knit their own cute ‘nipper’ creations.”

The knitted nippers will be available to buy in early September, and residents wanting to get involved should visit for more details.

The page features a knitting pattern for the brooches as well as photos of characters already created and frequent updates about the project.


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