Woman, 80, from Cardiff knits 80 daffodils for St David’s Day to raise money for Marie Curie

Sheila Small from Whitchurch has knitted the daffodils in a month and has raised over £80 so far for their Great Daffodil Appeal.

The challenge was set for her 80th birthday and is in memory of her friend Carol who passed away but was given end of life care from Marie Curie so she wants to give back.

“This cause is close to my heart as a very dear friend Carol was blessed with the nurses care during the last weeks of her life, it is very sad of course but wonderful care was given.”

Marie Curie run the appeal every year and provide cancer treatment and research for hundreds of people. They are really grateful for the effort.

A volunteer for the charity said: “It is really great what she is doing, so much time and effort has been put into this. We have been selling the daffodils in our Whitchurch branch and they are proving very popular. People have been donating generously and this will be a massive help to our Great Daffodil Appeal for St David’s Day as we have already recieved over £80 in donations so far.”

Sheila also added: “I found this challenge given the time but succeed in knitting 54 and counting, two very good friends helped me to reach my target by crocheting 26 between them so 80 was reached.”

The Marie Curie shop in Whitchurch is selling some of the daffodils and others have sold to friends and family. People have been very generous despite also donating to the earthquake appeal and some have donated five pounds per daffodil.

This was quite a challenge as she only had a month to complete it and struggles with her eyesight. “It involves knitting six petals plus a trumpet and then sewing each one up taking me one hour per daffodil, it is very time consuming but I enjoyed it.”

People have been wearing their daffodils to show their support and have repurposed them into pillows after donating generously.

Sheila plans on hosting a coffee morning soon with family and friends in order to raise even more money. It is looking likely to reach over £100 raised for the appeal.

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