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PeerieMakkers reaches funding target

The Shetland PeerieMakkers project, set up to provide free knitting lessons to Shetland youngsters, reached its initial £4,500 fundraising target in just 16 days and has now raised the bar to £9,000.

That means that funding is guaranteed for a one-year pilot project that will see volunteer tutors provide tuition in five different parts of the islands.

The project is backed by the Brough Lodge Trust as part of their vision to support Shetland’s heritage and its Chairman, Pierre Cambillard, praised the generosity of donors.  “People across the world have backed the idea. As well as contributions from Shetland, we’ve had huge support from Scotland, England, the United States and Canada and there have also been donations from Wales, Northern Ireland, Japan, France, Norway and elsewhere.  The support has been about more than money, too.  We’ve had dozens of messages from folk who obviously care very deeply about Shetland’s knitting culture and want to see it thrive.  I want to thank every one of them for their generosity.”

The appeal is due to run until 11 December, so the Trust has realised that it can aim higher.  The target has now been doubled, to £9,000, and M Cambillard  says: ‘If we can raise that sum, we’ll fund a second session of lessons, from October 2016 to June 2017.  By then, we’ll be able to use our new Shetland Knitting Tuition Blueprint, which we’ll develop by applying what we learn from the 2015/16 pilot year”

The Trust’s  vision is to develop and roll out a sustainable programme of free hand knitting classes to youngsters all over Shetland, with the help of a number of those highly skilled, volunteer knitting tutors.

“All the funds so generously donated will enable us to apply that carefully-designed blueprint, which could become a model for skills exchange in other communities around the world,” adds M Cambillard.

Donations are very welcome on; there are also links from the project’s Facebook page (Shetland PeerieMakkers).

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