Back in 2010, Inspire LeicesterShire & Lionheart Project asked for help to create a 'London 2012 inspired' pledge blanket in aid of Age UK, Leicester Shire & Rutland. Two years on, the My Games My Legacy 'Patchwork Pledge' project has become an overwhelming success.
The project was designed to inspire people of all ages to get involved and get creative by knitting or crocheting 6" squares to be joined together into one large blanket that celebrates the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each square counted as one pledge, so the more people pledged, the bigger the blanket got.
The first stages of the blanket were displayed at New Walk Museum in Leicester to mark one year to go to the Games in July 2011.
The final blanket was made up of over 22,000 squares and measuring approximately 500 square metres (that's the equivalent of two tennis courts), the blanket is a unique celebration of community spirit. It has been lovingly put together by an incredible army of volunteers who have wholeheartedly embraced the Olympic & Paralympic values and given their time to create the biggest blanket Leicester & Leicestershire has ever seen!
The My Games My Legacy Patchwork Pledge project went on display alongside Lionheart Project in June 2012 and at Twycross Zoo from 11th September until 21st December 2012.
My Games My Legacy has been granted the prestigious London 2012 Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the London 2012 Games.
Jonathan Edwards CBE, Olympic Gold Medallist and Triple Jump World Record Holder said "Inspire Mark projects like My Games My Legacy 'Patchwork Pledge' are true reflections of how London 2012 is inspiring everyone to be part of the Games. I had the opportunity to visit Patchwork Pledge back in November 2011 and was amazed at how enormous the blanket was back then. To think it is now even bigger and better is a real testament to the spirit of the Games. It's incredible to think what can be achieved with a little creativity and a lot of community support. Well done to everyone involved."
Download the Patchwork Pledge celebration booklet to find out more about the project