Great-great-grandmother's 'Knittingale Hospital' to raise money for NHS

Margaret Seaman is knitting a model hospital to raise money for the NHS. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Her nifty needles have already left Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile and Sandringham House in stitches and now Margaret Seaman has a new project... the NHS Knittingale.

The 91-year-old great-great-grandmother, from Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk, is hoping to raise thousands for the NHS by knitting a model hospital.

  • Click below for a full report from ITV News Anglia's Rob Setchell.

The knitted hospital will include several wards and an emergency department. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Margaret - affectionately dubbed 'Norfolk's Queen of Knitting' by her friends - was desperate to do something to help NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The money raised on her fundraising page will be donated to her three local hospitals; the Norfolk and Norwich, the Queen Elizabeth in King's Lynn and the James Paget in Gorleston.

The medical masterpiece itself is a work in progress.

But, when finished, it will include adult and children's wards, an emergency department and a garden and car park.

Margaret's knitted Sandringham House included several 'miniature royals'. Credit: .

Margaret has already raised thousands of pounds for charity with her woollen wonders.

Earlier this year, her model of Sandringham House stunned audiences across the world when she appeared on ITV's This Morning.

  • Click below for a full report on Margaret's 'Knitted Sandringham'.

The previous year she knitted Great Yarmouth's famous Golden Mile, complete with Britannia Pier and Joyland snails.

She started knitting properly to keep her entertained after her husband Fred died seven years ago.

"It gives me something to do," she said. "When I get up in the morning I know I've got something to do."

Margaret even has a knitted version of herself. Credit: ITV News Anglia
  • If you'd like to donate, visit Margaret's fundraising page here.