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Marathon knitter Julie Bruce hands over £560 cheque to Kirkwood Hospice

Newsagent knitted a million stitches in a month

Julie Bruce (left), of Lower Hopton News in Mirfield, presents a cheque for £560 to Kirkwood Hospices community fundraiser Lyndsey Richardson from her Million in March knitting fundraiser.

Newsagent Julie Bruce has handed over a cheque for £560 after knitting a million stitches in a month.

Julie, 56, who runs Lower Hopton News in Mirfield, set herself a Million in March challenge to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice.

Keen knitter Julie received a donation of wool from a man whose wife was cared for at the hospice.

She set about knitting 17 blankets, 20 baby bonding squares and three scarves – knitting 32,000 stitches a day.

“People have been very good to us over the years so it’s nice to be able to give something back,” said Julie.

“I have always enjoyed knitting but I’ve done a lot more this month than normal!

“I put down the needles after reaching the millionth stitch, although I did make sure I finished the row I was working on first.”

Julie will donate what she’s made to several worthy causes.

READ MORE: A stitch in time? Julie Bruce aims to knit a MILLION stitches in March for Kirkwood Hospice

She completed the challenge just before midnight on March 31, knitting a mind boggling 67,000 stitches in an 18-hour session.

Julie was keen to thank the people who had supported her challenge, which really took off after her story appeared in the Examiner.

“It all started with a simple donation sheet on the shop counter but after it appeared in the Examiner it just went mad,” she said.

Julie Bruce of Lower Hopton News, attempting to knit a million stitches for charity.

“Stylecraft in Huddersfield generously donated lots of extra wool after reading about the challenge. They must have given me 100 balls.”

Kirkwood’s community fundraiser Lyndsey Richardson received the cheque on behalf of the hospice and said: “We are really grateful to Julie for her dedication.

“Knitting a million stitches is a huge achievement.

“We also want to thank all the customers at Lower Hopton News who sponsored her.”



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