A fundraising Exmouth woman has great yarn to tell – after completing a marathon Guinness World Record mission to crochet for 24 hours straight.
Mum-of-two Natalie Morrison overcame an anxiety attack at 3am to finish the epic endurance effort – and was the first-ever person to attempt the feat.
The Bryon Way resident, who also defied painful osteoarthritis in some of her fingers, has netted £1,670 for a trio of charities.
She will now have to wait three months to see if her world record dream will become a reality.
Natalie, who is spending her 45th birthday today (Sunday) catching up on some much-needed sleep, issued a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of her supporters.
“I wouldn’t have been able to have done with without all these amazing people and others,” she said immediately after the ‘crazy’ challenge.
“Fingers crossed I’ve done the record. I can’t really say much more because I’m knackered!”
Natalie began the effort at noon on Friday (November 1) and was supported by an army of well-wishers at Wool on the Exe in Exeter.
Five scarves she crocheted during the record attempt will go to homeless people in Exeter.
The challenge took her 24-and-a-half hours; she was allowed five-minute breaks every hour.
Natalie came up with the idea as she wanted to use her hobby to increase awareness of how craft can help boost people’s mental health.
Natalie, who has battled anxiety and depression, taught herself how to crochet five years ago and says it has become a ‘great coping strategy’.
She said: “I have so many special people to thank including my wonderful boyfriend, Paul, who put up with me through the ups and downs since February trying to organise the event.
“And a massive thank you to all of my volunteer witnesses whom I could not have completed this event without.
“Originally, I had not been associated with them as part of the strict Guinness Record guidelines, but now all have a special place in my heart and are truly amazing friends.”
Natalie said that a 3am panic attack nearly derailed the bid, adding: “I thought I was truly going to give up, but, fortunately, had bagged up enough rest breaks to get through the 25-minute ordeal.”
The day before the challenge, Natalie found out that Rainbow Arch of Mind had officially been registered as a charity after a year-long process.