T-hat’s amazing!

Date: Monday 10th April 2017
Eden Runner Rachel Poynter proudly wearing her hat.
Eden Runner Rachel Poynter proudly wearing her hat.

A CANCER charity supporter has been knitting furiously to produce scores of distinctive hats at a rate of almost one a day.

Jen Harrison, of Shap, has hand-knitted 61 hats in just 69 days in the green and blue colours of Eden Runners to support club member Jon Tombs’s London Marathon fund-raising bid in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Jon will be running his 19th consecutive London Marathon on 23rd April raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his mother who died from cancer in 1989. He is aiming to raise a further £3,000 this year to add to the 18-year total of £51,600. The hats have so far generated £825.

“Neither of us quite anticipated the level of interest from club members in the hats,” said Jon. “While we tried to manage expectations in terms of timescales, Jen maintained an incredible rate of production over the last 10 weeks, keen to strike while the iron was hot. It’s great seeing people wearing the hats. Every hat is a unique design.”

Jen was keen to support Jon after losing a colleague to cancer last year and because cancer has affected and continues to affect lots of close friends and members of her family.

She said: “It’s been harder than I thought, but it’s a great cause. I’m proud to help. I don’t think I have made 60 hats in total in my life let alone for one grand project. I’m chuffed. It’s been good and decreases the sense of helplessness.”

Jon’s next fund-raising event is over the Easter weekend as, with the help of friends, he runs the Outward Bound mountain hut, Ruthwaite Lodge, situated on the footpath between Patterdale and Grisedale Tarn, as a teashop serving hot drinks and home-made cakes on both Saturday and Sunday.