Lockdown teddy fundraising success

A skilled knitter from Kent has spent lockdown with her WI group in Petts Wood and Chelsfield, knitting matching pairs of hearts for patients and their loved ones at Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington.

Marion Bloomfield and her group have knitted over 70 hearts in the last ten months for COVID patients, each one with a matching heart for one of the person’s loved ones, outside the hospital.

At the same time Marion has had many other commissions for her four inch high teddies which include: several nurses, 12 tennis players complete with rackets for the local tennis club, and dancers.

So far Marion Bloomfield has raised a massive £2,590 with the unique teddies, to fund research into Becker muscular dystrophy, a condition her son Andrew, 45, was diagnosed with aged 16, and has been defiantly dealing with ever since.

She picked up her knitting needles to start knitting just two years ago, to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK and she did it to pass the time when her late husband was ill with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s, and as she knitted he watched the same TV shows over and over again.

She sold them through a stall at one of her grandchildren’s school and at a local pharmacy Paydens.

Ashleigh Venables, South East Regional Development Manager for Muscular Dystrophy UK said:

It’s truly impressive that Marion has raised this huge amount of money with her little teddies. They are all unique and perfectly made. At MDUK we want to thank give her our sincere thanks.