Centre provides vital support to thousands

The knitter who have fundraising all stitched up
The knitter who have fundraising all stitched up

A small group of knitters who have all been affected by cancer have raised over £8000 for Falkirk’s new Maggie’s Centre just by selling scarves.

The women have knitted and crocheted thousands of items to raise the staggering sum in just over a year.

Mima Bell (76), from Slamannan, lost her husband Archie to pancreatic cancer in June. She said she couldn’t believe the response.

She added: “It’s been marvellous the way people have rallied round.

“We started with just scarves, but now we do cowl scarves, long and short, beanie hats and headbands that are all the go just now.”

The project started when Veda Dewar from Witches Craig Caravan Park in Stirling enlisted the help of three friends to knit in memory of her mum, Veda Stephen, who died in April 2013. She said: “I wanted to do something in memory of her. It was particularly cold during her chemotherapy, and mum started knitting for charity.

“While she was getting her treatment at the Beatsons in Glasgow, my dad would go to the Maggie’s Centre and always found a welcoming open door.

“We decided to start fundraising for the Maggie’s coming to Larbert for local people.

“We have a core of four knitters who have all been touched in some way by cancer, and we also have four friends who knit for us.”

Mima added: “I have been absolutely devastated by the death of my husband, who died just 10 weeks after his diagnosis.

“The knitting kept me together and it’s been the same for Veda.”

The fundraisers will be selling their scarves in Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert this Tuesday between 9.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.