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has photographs of some athletes together with their comments.


Do you think that culturally in Britain we undervalue wool as a resource? Yes, but I think this is changing. The Campaign for Wool is having an effect I think and Woolsack has been able to bring wool to the awareness of people who may otherwise not have thought about it. I was interested to hear that some of the very high tech sportswear is made from wool because its properties are impossible to replicate in a synthetic fibre.


What advice would you give to someone wanting to set up their own charitable project? Woolsack isn't actually a charity itself, although we are linked to the Knitting and Crochet Guild. But for anyone thinking of starting a similar project I would say that what you see on the surface is like an iceberg. I've been involved with Woolsack for over a year now, but Sue Blacker was


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researching and doing preparatory work for months before that. So it's really the boring story of good preparation and thorough research.


What has been essential is the involvement of our Local Contacts. They bring so much enthusiasm and extra ideas as well as looking after Woolsack activities in their area. Woolsack is a very bottom-up project that enables small groups to use the project in the most interesting and beneficial way for their group in their local area and that's been a very enjoyable part of the project for me.


If someone wanted to get involved with woolsack how would they go about doing it? By visiting the website, they can use the Contact Link to get in touch with their Local Area Contact or the person, usually myself, handling local queries by email. We also have an email newsletter which people can subscribe to along with a link to view the newsletter archive. They may also find that their local knitting,


spinning or WI group is already involved, so it can also be worth enquiring there.


You can see a showcase of cushions, events and more information on how to get involved on the Woolsack website: www.woolsack.org


Images courtesy of www.woolsack.org


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