Knitters in Asda charity launch

Pictured, left to right, are knitter Anne Thompson, Simon Arlow, Asda Portadown, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Joanne Harris, founder of Knitted Knockers NI, Elaine Livingstone, Asda Portadown community champion, and Hope Graham, Knitted Knockers. INPT40 Asda
Pictured, left to right, are knitter Anne Thompson, Simon Arlow, Asda Portadown, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Joanne Harris, founder of Knitted Knockers NI, Elaine Livingstone, Asda Portadown community champion, and Hope Graham, Knitted Knockers. INPT40 Asda

A sponsored knit-in was held at Asda Portadown to help launch the supermarket’s Tickled Pink campaign for two breast cancer charities.

Elaine Livingstone, community champion at the Portadown store, teamed up with Craigavon-based Knitted Knockers of NI, which makes hand-made prostheses for women who have had a mastectomy or breast operation.

She was joined by chair of the All-Party Group on Cancer Jo-Anne Dobson MLA.

The charities to benefit from Asda’s fundraising will be Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now.

Asda launched its national Tickled Pink campaign in 1996, and this year it hopes to exceed the £50 million fundraising mark.

The Portadown store will play a vital role through in-store activity, including tombolas and lucky dips.

Elaine Livingstone, community champion at Asda Portadown, said, “We are delighted to support two fantastic charities that make a real difference to people affected by breast cancer. It was fantastic to have Knitted Knockers help launch our local campaign. I’d worked with Joanne and the team at Knitted Knockers and knew they were the perfect fit for our launch.”

Knitted Knockers meet every week in Asda Portadown to package the hand knit prostheses and make comfort cushions for delivery to individuals and hospitals. Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to drop in.