Shirley’s wonder wool brings in cash for Wickham medics

Shirley Scovell (65) from Wickham, lost her husband Robin Scovell who was 68 when he died from a heart attack on 1st June 2011. Shirley is knitting dolls and toys for Wickham Community Responders who helped her husband Robin on two occasions. Shirley will be selling them at Wickham Surgery with all proceeds going to Wickham Community Responders.

Shirley Scovell (65) from Wickham, lost her husband Robin Scovell who was 68 when he died from a heart attack on 1st June 2011. Shirley is knitting dolls and toys for Wickham Community Responders who helped her husband Robin on two occasions. Shirley will be selling them at Wickham Surgery with all proceeds going to Wickham Community Responders.

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Knitting her way to raising hundreds of pounds for charity has won Shirley Scovell a We Can Do It T-shirt.

The 65-year-old widow has been making woolly toys to help her collect cash for the paramedics who tried to save her husband’s life.

She has been knitting the colourful characters in aid of the Wickham Community Response team, who helped her husband Robin, 67, when he was struck by a heart attack on June 1.

They were able to resuscitate him, but he died later at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. Shirley, from School Road in Wickham, is selling the toys at Wickham Surgery in Station Road and said she is so grateful for all the effort the medics put in trying to save her husband.

‘For two hours they battled to bring him back,’ she said. ‘It didn’t work but I can’t say thank you enough for what they did.

‘Now I just want to raise a few pounds to show how grateful I am for the job they do.’

Shirley says it was partly because she found out that the medics had to buy their own equipment that she decided to knit as much as she could and sell them at the doctors’ surgery.

The money will go to the response team to help them buy what they need and enable them to help more people.

She said: ‘We have sold so many it’s been amazing. I estimate in all we must have raised more than £600, and whenever I go up there they have sold out.’

Money was collected for the response team at Robin’s funeral, and Shirley said she was delighted with how much they had raised.

‘I started knitting as a hobby two years ago one day when I was bored, but I never realised it would lead to all this. I’m glad I can use it to raise money and make people happy, that’s all.’

The response team also aided her husband when he was admitted to hospital at the end of last year suffering from breathing difficulties. Shirley said: ‘The main thing is they gave us the chance to say goodbye, that’s what I’m most grateful for.’

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