Knitting marathon to help the homeless
A knitting marathon will take place in Bath this weekend.
The Big Knitathon 2012 is a national campaign to raise awareness of the Big Issue Foundation's work, and of homelessness.
On Saturday between 2pm and 6pm, a group of knitting enthusiasts in Bath will attend an event at St Michael's Without church, in Broad Street.
They will try to produce a quilt made up of six-inch squares that will be put on display in Bath after the event. Knitters have raised sponsorship money and it is hoped that the public will be encouraged to donate on the day.
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Held in conjunction with the magazine's 21st birthday celebrations, The Big Knitathon is a new venture for the charity, which has previously held other fundraising drives such as The Big Sleep Out.
The event in Bath is sponsored by Sharon Spencer of Great British Yarns, a mail order knit company which is supplying the wool for the campaign.
Earlier in the year, vendors at the Big Issue office in Bath were also given a knitting lesson in order to prepare them for the event.
The chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Rob Appleyard, will officially open the event, and a talk from Samantha Grief, a vendor service broker, at the Big Issue in Bath will follow.
Samantha will then introduce Karen, a current vendor, and knitter, who will share her experiences of homelessness.