A mile of mice knitted to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

Mile of Mice - Alzheimer's Society


Libby Swindells from Trafford aimed to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that helps improve the quality of life of those suffering from dementia. To do this she decided to set a world record, the record for the most knitted mice set tail to nose – one mile.

The project was started at the Wellgreen Lodge, an independent living scheme run by Libby, as a project for their knitting group, Nimble Fingers. Libby then appealed for more knitters to help out through Facebook and soon had mice coming in from all over the world.

Libby Swindells said about the scheme:

At first I thought it was a stupid idea and I had bitten off more than I could chew but I am blown away by everyone’s hard work.

We have had mice from so many different places, London, Doncaster, Nottingham, the USA, Denmark, France and Canada to name a just few. I got really excited when I opened up the different boxes! There has been Rastamouse, Danger Mouse, Angelina Ballerina, wedding parties, numerous three blind mice, Harry Potter characters and someone has even knitted a piped piper!

I think the thing that has touched me most is when I get some mice sent from people who are caring for someone living with dementia but they still manage to find the time to knit 150 mice!

I would like to thank everyone that has been involved, I really didn’t think that it would explode in the way that it did. The poor postman has been making so many deliveries. We have also had support from Travis Perkins, Altrincham Football Club, HobbyCraft and Trafford Housing Trust. And of course all those people who have sent the wonderful mice, donated money or both – we are grateful for it all!

The Nimble Fingers knitting group chose Alzheimer’s Society as a lot of them have been touched by the disease through family members and friends. It is a very important cause and any awareness it has raised through this appeal is fantastic.

On the 30th of October was the moment of truth. Had Libby collected enough mice to make a mile? The knitters who had helped were invited to the measuring along with the Mayor of Trafford at Altrincham Football Club, where the mice would have to go four and three quarter times around the pitch to reach a mile. Their attempt was successful and their hard work has been recognised by the Guiness World Records. Later more money was raised for the charity by selling the mice for 50p each.

To find out more about the event and to see more photos, visit the Mile of Mice Facebook page.

[Source: Alzheimer’s Society]