Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Commuknitty Champions! Knitting Experts Nominated for Gazette Award

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Commuknitty Champions! Knitting Experts Nominated for Gazette Award

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@reachplc.com @Daverobson_gaz

THEY can strike without warning and leave our world a brighter place.

And now those nimble-fingered needlewielders, the Nunthorpe and Marton Knitters, have been nominated for a Gazette Community Champion award. From yarn bombing Nunthorpe Station to producing "trauma teddies" for Cleveland Police - cuddly toys given to comfort youngsters during distressing circumstances - they use their knitting skills to make life better for people of all ages.

They carry out work with disabled children and young adults across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

But they have also created many smaller knitting groups to combat social exclusion by visiting people in their homes who can no longer get out.

They're also not afraid to take to the road, starting knitting groups in care homes and schools too.

The group has now been nominated for a Community Champion award by independent councillor for Nunthorpe John Rathmell.

He said: "The group was created following the success of Nunthorpe's remembrance events, organised by Brenda Thompson and myself, but it has spiralled beyond anyone's imagination."

Cllr Rathmell has nominated the group for overall Community Champion.

But if you know someone whose contribution to the community deserves public recognition, the chances are there's a suitable category to nominate them in.

The 11 categories include brave children, caring youngsters, champion fundraisers and outstanding parents.

But nominations must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, October 7, with an awards night held on Thursday, November 29 at Jury's Inn, Middlesbrough.

Award categories Outstanding Act of Bravery: This award is better place to live due to the actions of to honour a person who has demonstrated outstanding bravery. …

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