Published on September 18th, 2014 | by Rosie


Bear for a Care Home

Rosie’s fundraising news always inspires us to think of new ways to raise money for good causes with our needles.  This week, a vintage teddy pattern is set to raise money for a care home…

Jennifer Bailey of Ilminster, Somerset, was so grateful to her local residential care home, Vaughan Lee House, for looking after her friends that she decided to raise money for them.  6,220 lovingly placed stitches, 2 arms, 2 legs, a torso and a head complete the special knitted teddy which will be given away in an inspiring competition she has created to raise £200 by asking people for donations of £2 to pick a name for the bear.    With a total of 100 names to choose from, the winning bear name which is kept in a sealed envelope, will be announced – and whoever picked that name for the bear will get to take it home!

Jennifer is hoping to make £1,000 in total from selling a variety of knitted, crocheted and crafted things. She told Daniel Milligan [of This is the West Country website] “Since I’ve been a knitter for some 60 years, using my hobby seems a good way to do it.”

The money raised will be used to refurbish one of the rooms at Vaughan Lee House, which as organiser of the fundraising projects, Jennifer will be able to name.

The pattern Jennifer has used to create the bear is over 70 years old. She was asked to restore a friend’s old bear that was made and given to him by his Granny in the mid-late fifties, when she spotted the same vintage pattern online.

“It’s beautifully shaped, as are many vintage animal patterns, and I started making bears. They look wonderful in any yarn from thin four-ply patterned sock yarn to thick Aran yarn.

“I’ve lost count how many I’ve done. I currently have orders for ten which I’m working on.”

Jennifer is also currently making a variety of crocheted and knitted items which she will be selling at the Charity Christmas card and gift sale at Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House on Friday, October 24.   There are a number of fantastic knitting and crochet courses there too!

Meanwhile,  the bear without a name is waiting for bids at Mike’s Florist of Ilminster, in Silver Street!


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loves changing her hair colour, buttons and the rain. As a relatively new knitter with an Interior Design background, she loves to make cushion covers using chunky yarn. Especially colourful ones.

Last updated: September 17th, 2014.

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