Yarn bombers have decorated scores of post boxes in Exmouth with colourful knitted seaside scenes to raise funds for Hospiscare.
Throughout October the creative and imaginative knitted post box toppers, all with the theme Beside the Sea, will be on display in 24 locations throughout Exmouth.
A group of around 20 volunteers have knitted and crocheted the woolly designs, which can be found by following a map, available for a minimum donation of £1, in aid of Hospiscare.
Claire Suttie, the Exmouth Mail Trail organiser, who has a history of yarn bombing post boxes, said people spotting the knitted toppers have been sharing photos on social media.
She said: “The reaction has been amazing, from the minute they appeared. People were intrigued to start with. They have really embraced it.”
Claire added: “The thing I love about this project is it brings all sections of the community together.
“You have got the businesses who are sponsoring, you have all the amazing makers out in the community who are really benefitting from doing it and love doing it, and like to see their work out.
“It’s a bit of fun. It makes everybody smile, but it’s also raising money for a charity that really needs it this year.”
Yarn bomb Mail Trail maps for a minimum £1 donation in aid of Hospiscare are available in Exmouth from Antonio’s, in The Strand, the Book Rest Café, on The Parade, Londis, Rivermead Avenue, Living & Lifestyle Mobility, Brixington Parade, Callands Budgens, in Queens Drive, McColls, in Pines Road, Co-op Food, Littleham Cross, and Central Store, in Withycombe Village Road.
Photos of the creations can be shared on social media with hashtags #exmouthpostboxes and #themailtrail.
Yarn bomber Natalie Morrison said: “Crochet is my hobby and my mental health stability rock, so to be able to help Hospicare is a bonus.
“On top of helping the charity I hope the toppers will make the whole community smile when they see them and people will donate if they can.”
Crocheter Terri-Ann Davis, who lives with a neurological condition, said: “Crocheting is the thing that stops my hands from shaking. If they are shaking I can focus on it.
“It’s colourful, it’s pretty, it makes me happy and those who I give it to – it makes them happy. To see it on display in Exmouth is amazing.
“I love the one I made that had dogs all over it because to me October is when the dogs are allowed on the beach – and that is Exmouth, it’s a dog friendly beach.”
The Mail Trail has a JustGiving page for donations, with funds benefitting terminally-ill patients, and their families, in Exeter, Mid, East Devon.
Businesses local to the town have sponsored each decorated mail box.
Sarah Smith, Hospiscare spokeswoman, said: “After such a difficult period for everyone and with Hospiscare’s finances so terribly affected by the pandemic, the Mail Trail is the perfect fundraiser.
“Bright and fun, it is sure to raise lots of smiles as well as much-needed funds.
“Hospiscare couldn’t be more grateful to Clare for coming to us with this idea and to the businesses that have so enthusiastically supported it.
“Support like the Mail Trail helps Hospiscare nurses care for local people during the most difficult of times.”
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