Labour of love - Gloucester widow's amazing knitting project

A Gloucestershire widow's appeal for 10,000 knitted hearts in memory of her husband has gone global.

People around the world have been so moved by Clare Young's story they took to their knitting needles in their thousands and inundated her with twice as many, from as far afield as New Zealand. All to raise money for the Sue Ryder hospicethat cared for her husband Ken.

Clare Young was so grief-stricken when her husband Ken died in September 2015. She was advised to take up knitting as a way to cope. Little did she know what it would become.

She set up the Work of Heart project inviting people to knit and sponsor hearts. The offerings started pouring in - many of them with heartfelt messages.

The knitted garden has been a major community effort. Credit: ITV West Country

It started with hearts and then it escalated - she was set the challenge to knit a display for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May 2018. It's thought to be the world's first knitted garden and is the ultimate piece of yarn-bombing.

It has been a community effort and it has taken almost a year but they've done it. Clare hopes it will raise £50,000 for Sue Ryder.

Credit: ITV West Country