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How You Can Help Break A Crafty World Record For Charity!

How You Can Help Break A Crafty World Record For Charity!

Find out how knitting a snake can support Alzheimer’s Research UK

We know how much you love knitting for charity and here’s a fun and easy project to get involved with - you could even be a world record breaker!

Libby Swindells is trying to break the world record for the longest line of soft toys and raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK while she’s at it. The record currently stands at 1,000 toys and Libby is asking for your help to knit, crochet and sew snakes for the project. Patterns are available on request or you can use your own, the only requirement is that the snakes must be no longer than 50cm or
20 inches long.

Crafters are being asked to raise money through sponsorship for taking part and this will help support the charity’s work. Libby, who knits herself, said: “I’m really excited about this new challenge. I hope people everywhere will join in and help us make as many snakes as possible. The money we raise will all go to Alzheimer’s Research UK to help find a way to stop dementia. Having worked with older people for 30 years, I know the impact that this awful condition can have.”

Libby Swindells (right) with friend Elaine Pedley

The record-breaking attempt will take place on 9th April 2017, where the snakes will be displayed in a mandala shape in the Altrincham Football Ground sports hall. They will also be sold at the end of the of the event to raise even more funds for the cause.

Gillian Edwards, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Libby and everyone taking part in this huge crafting campaign. It’s brilliant to see so many people coming together to defeat dementia. When there are 47 million people across the world living with dementia, it’s important we do everything we can to stop it.”

To get involved or request a pattern, email or visit

Your finished snakes need to arrive before the 9th April and you can send them to:
Libby Swindells,
Wellgreen Lodge,
Wellfield Lane,
Greater Manchester,
WA15 8NW

For further information about the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or go to




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