Knit one, purl one for HIOWAA

Tuesday 10th July

88-year-old Eve Simpson from Andover felt inspired to help raise funds for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), after seeing a photo of the Charity Critical Care Team in her local paper; the Andover Advertiser.

Eve, a resident at Westfield Court retirement development, got straight to what she loves doing most – knitting!

After 12 days of looping and stitching she had created a doll of HIOWAA Specialist Paramedic Critical Care, John Gamblin and Dr Matt Kerton as well as a HIOWAA paramedic mascot.

Eve said:

“The work done by all Air Ambulance teams across the country is astounding and when I saw the article in the paper I thought ‘how can I help?’ So I picked up my knitting needles. I ran out of yellow wool but had plenty of orange which is when I was inspired to knit the dolls!”

Friends at Westfield Court rallied around to help Eve raise money for the Air Ambulance and decided to raffle off the dolls with the draw taking place on Thursday afternoon (5th July). The raffle raised a whopping £223 for HIOWAA.

Alex Lochrane, Chief Executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, said:

“We’re so grateful to Eve for her support. Everyone at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance loved seeing the photos, and Dr Matt and Paramedic John were very humbled to have been her chosen subjects! I’m always impressed at the different ways in which people support us. Every donation, big or small, makes a huge difference to our Charity and helps to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. Thank you, Eve.”

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