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10 Jul 2020 Community

Megan’s crocheting fundraiser for Kirkwood

Eager to do her bit during the nationwide lockdown over the last few months, 13-year-old Megan Brierley dedicated her time to crocheting bears to raise vital funds for Kirkwood. 

13-year-old Megan Brierley, of Golcar, joined her fellow community in a nationwide lockdown at the beginning of March this year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

As a way of keeping productive whilst her school was closed and she was unable to play out with friends, Megan tasked herself with crocheting bears to sell to her friends and family to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice. 

Kirkwood supports anyone affected by a life limiting illness and since the coronavirus outbreak, Kirkwood Nurses have been standing side by side its NHS colleagues, stepping forward and continuing to care for some of the most vulnerable patients and families across Kirklees. 

Megan knitted 18 bears that each took a minimum of five hours to make – totalling to at least 90 hours! 

One of Megan's wonderful bears


17 bears were sold to friends and family for £5, with the final bear raffled to raise extra money. Once the final bear had been sold, Megan had raised a whopping £430 for Kirkwood! 

Many of her friends and family donated money for both the bears and Megan’s time, but she selflessly insisted that the extra money also went directly to her local hospice. 

Megan is passionate about raising money for Kirkwood, after her mum’s good friend was cared for at the end of her life four years ago. Megan and her mum, Christine, have taken part in Kirkwood’s Colour Rush in previous years and Christine has also taken on the challenge of the Midnight Memory Walk. 

Megan and one of her creations


However, crocheting bears isn’t Megan’s first stint at fundraising for Kirkwood! Previously, Megan asked her friends and family for a donation to sign her broken arm cast, with all the funds raised coming straight to Kirkwood. 

Kirkwood Community Fundraiser, Joanna Doherty, was delighted to hear of Megan’s fundraising over the last couple of months. 

Joanna said: “At a time when Kirkwood needs the support of its local community more than ever, it is wonderful to see young people like Megan use their skills to raise money for Kirkwood. Thank you so much to Megan and everyone that bought a crocheted bear!”  

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