A terminally ill craftswoman from Norwich, raised nearly £3000 at a special sale of her huge collection of fabric, haberdashery, books, crafting tools and finished items at The Forum, Norwich last week.
Now artist Ann Meijer is looking to find a new home for a magnificent knitted pergola. Decorated with hand-made flowers, birds and butterflies, it would be a unique centre piece for a spring wedding or a colourful and eye catching display in a shop, stately home, hotel or care home.
The pergola, and another impressive creation, a 15ft high knitted Christmas tree, have both been displayed in The Forum over the past few years, delighting and inspiring thousands of visitors.
The funds will be used to support the residents of John Groom’s Court, a home for disabled adults on Sprowston Road. Ann’s daughter, Catherine, lives at John Groom’s Court where the money will help enhance the life of the residents, paying for activities, entertainment and outings.
Ann said: “I am delighted that the items in my collection have gone to good homes and that so much money has been raised. It was a splendid couple of days and I was amazed by the numbers who came along.
“I feel sure that someone will see its potential as decorative addition to a fete, hotel, reception area or family event, like a wedding or a christening.”
Jayne Evans, Events and Partnerships Manager at The Forum, said: “Ann’s projects have not only raised thousands for charity but have also enabled hundreds of people, with a love of knitting and crochet, to get involved in something that changes lives.
“It is always a great pleasure to work with Ann. Everyone at The Forum is aware that this is a difficult time for Ann and her family and we hope that someone will buy the pergola knowing that by doing so they will make a lot of people smile.”