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Kind-hearted Carole knits 100s of gifts for Velindre.

Byline: Heledd Pritchard Reporter

A RETIRED dressmaker who knits all year round to raise money for cancer charity Velindre has been rewarded with an Echo Bouquet of the Week.

Carole Wheadon, 77, from Leckwith, Cardiff, is currently surrounded by miniature knitted Santas, snowmen and Christmas puddings as she prepares 300 of them to sell for the charity.

"I've been doing it for about five years now," Carole explained. "I knit 300 for Christmas and another 300 for Easter. The Easter ones are little chicks with a Creme Egg inside and I decorate them with fur and sequences.

"I knit a bit every day, I get up early and do some then and after I have my cup of coffee, I knit a little again.

"I knit off and on all day. Velindre give me the patterns and I do the knitting and decorate them a little. People use them as decorations or in stockings or even on a plate for Christmas dinner."

The knitted decorations are sold for PS1 each and the total amount is donated to Velindre.

Carole started helping the charity after a friend became involved and having lost her father to can-cer, Carole also decided to take part.

"I also do crochet blankets and send them up to Velindre for a summer fayre. I really enjoy it and I have been knitting since I had my children."

Carole was nominated by her granddaughter Natalie, who said: "She does an amazing job every year knitting hundreds of Christmas Santas, puddings and snowmen. "Last year she raised an amazing PS300 and she knits a lot of blankets and toys to sell at the Velindre shop."

If you know someone who deserves an Echo Bouquet of the Week, e-mail your nomination, with reasons, and your name, address and telephone number to echo.

You can also write to South Wales Echo, Six Park Street, Cardiff, CF10 1XR. Usual Media Wales terms and conditions apply and all nominees must agree to be photographed.


Carole Wheadon, from Leckwith Cardiff, with her beautiful bouquet and some knitted snowmen PETER BOLTER

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 2, 2015
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