Penarth knitter's Olympic display raises charity cash
IN the spirit of this summer's London Olympics, a Penarth woman has joined forces with a local bookshop to raise money for charity - by selling knitted Olympic athletes!
Lesley Strain knitted the 13 figures for Windsor Book Shop, who advertised them for sale in a window display at £5 each - and now there are just a few left.
£50 has already been raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association - the bookshop's chosen charity.
And shop owner Anne Hallett said she hoped the last few would sell soon to push the total a little higher.
"It was Lesley's idea and she kindly put her talents to work knitting the figures for us," said Anne.
"Among them were an ice skater, a podium of medal winners, and Bradley Wiggins on his bike!"
Local resident Lesley knitted another window display last year to celebrate the royal wedding, turning out the entire royal family, complete with two Corgis!
To get your hands on one of the last remaining figures, call in at the shop on the corner of Windsor Arcade.
* The bookshop is currently preparing for the Penarth Book Festival, the first of its kind, which will start on October 29. For more information on the festival go to www.penarthbookfestival.org.uk