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Crafters' creations entertaining and raising funds during the COVID-19 situation

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carrie the care worker figure made by Secret Society of Hertford CraftersThe Secret Society of Hertford Crafters, also known as the Yarn Bombers, are celebrating key workers and COVID-19 heroes by making colourful figures and raising money for charity, including us.

The keen crafters that are part of the Society have produced more than 50 knitted and crocheted figures of people such as medical staff, a firefighter and even a care worker, that are making a difference during the COVID-19 crisis.

Anne Haworth, one of the Society’s founders, came up with the idea to celebrate key workers and others making a difference during the coronavirus crisis.

Each day a picture of a figure and their background story are shared on the Society’s social media accounts on Twitter (@yarnbomber100), Facebook ( and Instagram (

So far, the efforts of the Society, which was founded just over three years ago by a group of friends with a passion for crafting, have raised £1,000 (and rising).

Jo Baily, one of the group’s founders, said: “A lot of the figures being knitted or crocheted mean something to those who made them. We’re pleased with the support we’re receiving from everyone making the figures and those making donations.”

She added: “We decided to support Carers in Hertfordshire as one of the charities to benefit from any money raised as it’s a local cause working hard during this pandemic to help vulnerable people who are providing unpaid care to a relative, friend or someone who is ill, disabled, or for another reason.”

Liz Alderson, the charity’s Fundraising Manager, said: “Thank you to the Yarn Bombers for choosing to support our work with unpaid carers and people with care needs. At this difficult time we’re making calls and sending emails to unpaid carers to check how they are and if they need any information or help, so they don’t feel isolated.”

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Last modified on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 18:06