Knitted world cup clash for charity

Sue Hoggard of North Grimston with her knitted World Cup football match.

Sue Hoggard of North Grimston with her knitted World Cup football match.

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FANS may not see the two teams meet in year's World Cup but a football match in miniature has been created with England taking on Brazil.

Sue Hoggard, of North Grimston, was inspired to create the mini-footballers are reading about Mike's Mice appeal in the Gazette & Herald,

Each of the team players is kitted out in the their team colours with white and red for England and yellow and green for Brazil.

Sue has also made a referee, two subs and the goalkeepers.

"I have had some heart problems and was told by the doctor to take it easy so I as looking for something I could sit and do," she said.

"When I read about the appeal I thought it was such a good cause that I wanted to do get involved and help."

Mike's Mice was set up earlier this year by Anne Soper, from Pickering, to mark the 10th year since the death of her son, Mike, by encouraging people to knit or sew mice to raise money for the Cardiomyopathy Association (CMA).

Cardiomyopathy is a common medical cause of sudden death in people under 35.

Anne is being supported by Tracy Bush, owner of Poppies Tearooms, in Burgate, Pickering, whose son, Leon, died from a similar condition in 2006.

The appeal has so far raised over £1,095 with a mouse auction planned for August 28.

Sue said she knitted five mice a night and made the pitch out of an old picture frame.

"The goalposts were made by Andrew Nicholson, a joiner who lives in the village, who I'd like to thank," she added.

"I didn't have a pattern for the mice so there as a bit of guesswork and each one is unique."

Sue said her grandchildren had been fascinated by the mini-football pitch and players which she would be donating to the Mike's Mice auction.

"I'm now thinking of making some more as I've enjoyed doing it such much," she added.

Mice patterns are available to download at

Money and any mice made or items for the auction can be donated at Poppies tearooms, The Sun Inn, in Pickering, and the Gazette & Herald office, in Yorkersgate, Malton.

Donations can also be made at or to the CMA, marked Michael James Soper Tribute Fund.

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