There’s lots of love for Telford’s mysterious hearts

Published: May 15, 2020

Mysterious crochet hearts have been appearing on popular walking routes around Telford, urging people to support local charities which are helping people through the Covid-19 crisis.

They’ve become a big talking point on social media, with people asking: “Where are they coming from, and who is behind it?”

Now, the mystery can be solved . . . partially, at least.

They are the brainchild of a Telford College student who, in true Banksy style, prefers not to

Telford College | The crocheted hearts which have been appearing at sites around Telford, urging people to support local charities

Telford College | The crocheted hearts which have been appearing at sites around Telford, urging people to support local charities

take credit for the creations, and wants to remain anonymous!

A note is attached to each heart, saying: “Please take home and keep. In return, please donate to a local charity helping people during this pandemic.”

The student explained: “I was inspired to make these hearts after learning about a type of street art called yarn bombing in my latest college project.

“Instead of making one big art piece, I wanted to make several small things I could hide around where I live, for people to find and make them smile on their daily walk.

“I started by crocheting five hearts and placing them on a small popular route, as I didn’t know whether people would be interested in them.

“I didn’t announce I was placing them, so I was really surprised when I went back the next day and they were all gone. I started placing more and more around different locations, and to date, I’ve hidden 21 crocheted hearts.

“People have posted about them in a local facebook group saying what a lovely idea it is. It’s really boosted my confidence and I have become prouder of the work I make.

“But I quite like not taking credit for making them, and the mystery around the hearts. I simply attach a little note asking for people to help others during the coronavirus pandemic.”

The mystery student added: “I plan to crochet and knit more different items to hide, and I hope I’m making someone’s lockdown and daily walk a little bit happier.

“Doing this has also made me happier – crafting these hearts and getting some fresh air on my daily walk has really calmed my anxiety, and helped me to focus on my college work.”