Quirky fundraiser will mean Scott’s in stitches for 36 hours

Scott Shepherd doing cross-stitching from his home in Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (1499-683)
Scott Shepherd doing cross-stitching from his home in Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (1499-683)
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IT CERTAINLY is a different type of way to test your endurance.

Scott Shepherd will be cross-stitching non-stop for 36 hours this weekend.

PLAN Snow Angel, by Raoul Vitale

PLAN Snow Angel, by Raoul Vitale

He will be staying awake to stitch the artwork called Snow Angel, by Raoul Vitale, to raise money for a 10-year-old girl.

Up until only a few months ago, the only artwork Scott was familiar with were tattoos that he has over his body.

Scott, of Barncroft Road, Havant, said: ‘I’ve only been cross-stitching for about four months and it’s become a bit of a hobby.

‘It all started after I redecorated my room. I took my two sons to Hobbycraft and saw a cross-stitching piece.

HELP Grace Widdicombe

HELP Grace Widdicombe

‘I picked it up and brought it home, and decided I quite liked doing it.’

Scott, who works as a screen printer, joined a cross-stitching group on Facebook and befriended fellow enthusiast Helen White, from Cheltenham.

He discovered Helen’s 10-year-old daughter Grace Widdicombe suffers from a rare undiagnosed genetic disorder, which means she cannot walk or talk.

Her family are trying to raise £2,062 for a specialised trike, which will help strengthen her muscles.

Scott added: ‘I felt I needed to do something to help them, so that’s when I came up with the idea to do a marathon stitching session.

‘I’m not sure how much I will get done, but I’m going to get as much done as I can and stay awake for the 36 hours.’

Helen said she is ‘overwhelmed’ by Scott’s generosity.

She said: ‘We’ve never met, and I think it’s such a wonderful thing he’s doing.

‘So far he has raised £680, which is really overwhelming.

‘These trikes are specially-adapted for each user, and it would mean so much to Grace as it helps her muscles she doesn’t get to use as she can’t walk.’

‘It also genuinely makes her happy, and means she’s not in a wheelchair all the time.’

Scott’s challenge starts this Saturday.

To donate money, go to fundrazr.com/campaigns/9eGx9