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Nancy’s knits raise over £1,000 for Exmouth RNLI

Nancy’s knits raise over £1,000 for Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI volunteer of nearly 18 years, Nancy Thompson has raised £1,005 through sales of her crocheted hats. Nancy started her individual fundraising project for the charity 16 months ago and has sold 140 in this period.

Nancy knows how important raising money for the RNLI matters to the community as her son, Robert Thompson, known as “Tommo” has been one of Exmouth’s volunteer lifeboat crew for many years. All proceeds of hat sales go directly to the Exmouth lifeboat station to fund running costs necessary to help save lives at sea.

Before she began crocheting for the RNLI, Nancy was on a mission to knit hats for premature babies in Africa. Speaking of this, she commented;

‘It was a very quick project because they were tiny little hats, I would finish just after I had started. I was looking for a bigger project.’

Nancy sells her hats for £7.50 from the RNLI shop during Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. A supply is also available at the RNLI stall at various events throughout the year. 

Nancy’s different designs




There are three different styles: the beanie; the peak and the cloche. Nancy adapted one of the patterns to create a child’s design, complete with crochet flowers. All the hats are lined and made from a 25% wool and 75% acrylic mix.

Nancy would welcome donations of new Aran yarn. If you have any spare, then you too could help Nancy raise money to help Exmouth RNLI save lives at sea.



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