KNITTED Christmas puddings, complete with a “Ferrero Rocher” chocolate inside, have been sold by Margaret Phillips of Sandford to raise funds for charity for a number of years.
This year Margaret, who spends every spare minute knitting the Christmas puddings, made and sold dozens of the puddings at a number of local outlets, and is delighted to say she has raised £600.
Margaret recently presented £400 to Gill Gray, lead breast care nurse specialist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, for the Exeter Breast Cancer Support Fund.
Gill explained that every year, approximately 600 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer and treated in Exeter.
The breast care nursing service provides support for these women from the time of their diagnosis, through treatments and then follows-up afterwards.
The Exeter Breast Cancer Support Fund was set up through the generosity of patients, their families and friends who wanted to give specifically to the service that had supported them at a difficult time.
They made it clear that they wanted to give something back and ensure support for women that would follow them.
During the past 21 years the fund has directly supported the service by funding patient information and the ongoing training needs of the Breast Care Nurses.
Margaret was also able to donated £200 to the St Swithun’s Church at Sandford Roof Repair appeal.
Margaret thanked her sister-in-law, Mavis, who helped with some of the knitting, and others who knitted as well.
She also thanks all those who bought and made donations.
Margaret is now selling knitted Easter chicks, which include a creme egg, to raise money for Hospiscare.
These are available in Sandford at both public houses, Sandford Community Stores and St Swithun’s Church, and in Crediton at Valerie Barker’s jewellers, Stevie B’s and the East Town Cafe.
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Margaret Phillips, second left, presenting a cheque for £400 to Gill Gray, lead breast care nurse specialist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, for the Exeter Breast Cancer Support Fund, with colleagues at the hospital.