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    Critically ill maker sells her crafting collection for charity

    The Forum Norwich - 6 Sep 2018



    A talented craftswoman from Norwich, who has been given only months to live, is selling her huge collection of fabric, haberdashery, tools, books and finished items to help disabled adults in Norwich.

    Ann Meijer, who is a lifelong craft enthusiast and who has studied at the Norwich University of the Arts, is helping to organise the two day event at The Forum, in Norwich, on Tue 11 and Wed 12 September.

    Other makers from around the county have also stepped forward to sell their unwanted ‘stashes’ of materials to support Ann, who is determined to raise as much as she can for the residents of John Groom’s Court, a home for disabled adults on Sprowston Road.

    The sale is sure to be of interest to those who enjoy sewing, weaving, spinning, printing, painting and other crafts. Unusual items include a hand painted Victorian style wardrobe and the original knitted pergola.

    Ann’s daughter, Catherine, lives at John Groom’s Court and both women have spent many years raising money for special outings and for regular creative and sporting activities for the residents.

    Jayne Evans, Events and Partnerships Manager at The Forum, said:

    “We are delighted to support Ann by hosting this sale. She is a talented craft artist who was the driving force behind two very popular knitted installations here at The Forum.

    “The knitted Christmas tree and knitted pergola delighted thousands of visitors while they were on site and raised so much money for John Groom’s Court.

    “Ann and the knitters she brought together for these magnificent projects have encouraged so many people to pick up their knitting needles or crochet hooks and get involved.

    “Ann is an inspiration to us all.”

    Ann is a member of the Friends of John Groom's Court, a group of volunteers who help support the residents. Ann said:

    "The whole point is to increase opportunities for residents to get out and about and enjoy where they live.

    "I hope the sale of my collection of raw materials and finished items will carry on this work."

    Ann’s Sale of Craft Making Materials is being held at The Forum on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 September from 11am - 3pm.