Knitting project scoops We Can Do It award

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WHEN Maddie Wallace and Andrea Leaf launched their knitting project, they never expected to get the response they did.

But the pair raised the awareness of self-checking for cancer in a way that got the whole community to get involved and this has won them top spot in the We Can Do It Best Art/Community Project category.

Maddie, who started the Feel Yourself charity, launched her knitting project which asked people to knit squares which were then draped over the Churchill Tank outside the D-Day Museum in Southsea.

She said: ‘We never expected to get the response.

‘But it was great and a lot of people said it was quite therapeutic knitting the squares.

‘They said it was relaxing especially because they were doing it for such a good cause.’

The project was picked as the winner with Making Space and Big World Impact coming runners-up for their joint initiative to give youngsters the chance to try new skills such as fashion and photography.

Andrea added: ‘It was a surprise when we won because a lot of good projects were nominated.’We were blown away and very honoured.’