Margaret Seaman, like so many older people, was required to shield as soon as the country went into lockdown in March 2020. At that time the NHS was under great strain and millions were clapping on their doorsteps each week paying tribute to the health workers and carers.
From her home in Caistor on Sea, Margaret immediately started work on a model in an attempt to do her bit. Within weeks NHS Knittingale was taking shape and her new woollen creation was featured in the local and national press. Margaret was even interviewed for Japanese TV!
Now NHS Knittingale is on public display for the first time, in The Forum's Gallery, throughout the Norfolk Makers Festival Showcase. Entry is free but Margaret would love you to make a donation to the NHS.
Margaret has raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities with her knitting projects over the years, but now her focus is raising money for the NHS. All donations made by visitors to The Forum or via her Just Giving page will be divided equally between the three big hospitals in Norfolk - the Norfolk and Norwich in Norwich, the James Paget in Yarmouth, and the Queen Elizabeth in Kings Lynn.