'Mini-Bailey' goes on his travels for St Albans cancer boy
PUBLISHED: 06:04 23 July 2012
EWE would not believe the places a miniature crochet figure, whose staunch motto is "I wool know no fear," has been.
The pint-sized figure, a miniature wool version of St Albans cancer sufferer Bailey Sarwa, has been racking up air and land miles trekking up Snowdonia, clutching the Olympic Torch, and even cuddling up to a reptile.
“Mini Bailey” is living the good life, travelling around Britain and overseas to help fundraise for his brave 13-year-old namesake, who is fighting a recurrence of neuroblastoma.
Joanne Martin, a fundraising coordinator for the Bailey Sarwa Appeal, which is trying to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to enable Bailey to have treatment overseas after he was denied antibody treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said Mini Bailey has also been to China.
She explained that she had asked talented knitter and crocheter Charlotte Heilling of Studio Delirium, in the courtyard of the Secret Garden Café, George Street, to create a Mini Bailey for the appeal.
A prototype was crocheted and approved by the human version, so now others can also “build-a-Bay”.
Joanne said: “The idea behind him is to get him all over the world doing really interesting things.”
The kits are available for £12.50 or ready-made for £17.50 from Studio Delirium. They take up to five hours to make.
Mini Bailey has been to Thailand and has even trained with an Olympic swimmer.
However the figure has been so popular that volunteers are desperately needed to help crochet more to keep up with demand, as Charlotte has Repetitive Strain Injury.
A token payment of £5 will be offered for each one made.
Volunteers can email Joanne at email@example.com or call her on 07525 901543.
Mini Bailey has his own facebook page at www.facebook.com/iwoolknownofear
n A Believe Ball at Luton Hoo featuring the band of EastEnders star Shane Richie, The Prelude, and Patsy Palmer, also of the BBC drama, as DJ is being held to raise funds for the Bailey Sarwa Appeal at 6.30pm on Saturday, September 29.
Tickets are £80 each or £700 for a table of 10, for a three-course meal and entertainment. For more information phone Louise on 07766 147017/ Karen on 07961 904654/ Michelle on 07711 467342, or see www.baileysarwa.co.uk