A VOLUNTEER at a local charity has spent more than 180 hours making a Coronation keepsake blanket to be raffled to raise funds.
BIADS (Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support) volunteer Karen Fretwell, who has created the unique blanket, said: “Although I found it very challenging to do, I knew it was for such an amazing cause and I created it with much love and care.
“With support from others in a Facebook group, we all helped each other and being self-taught over the last six years, I wanted to make sure that the blanket would be a piece to be proud of.
“I decided very early on that I wanted to donate it and raise funds for BIADS.”
Karen spent a whopping 180 hours or more crafting this very special piece each one is unique, as there are elements of the blanket that can be individually placed by each craftsperson.
A BIADS spokesperson added: “We all know that without our incredible and very talented volunteers, we would not be the charity that our members know and love.”
The raffle will be drawn at the King’s Coronation Big Lunch at BIADS, on Sunday May 7, taking place between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
Originally designed by ‘Made By Anita’ for Sirdar, the design incorporates the long life of service by King Charles before becoming King, plus his achievements and interests.
Raffle tickets are available to buy now from BIADS main centre at Joseph Exley House, Dean Street, Barnsley S70 6EX, or over the phone on 01226 280057. Anyone wishing to buy tickets by telephone can collect raffle tickets from the centre, or staff can save them until after the raffle is drawn. The winner will be notified by telephone if not attending this event.