Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors . . .
Our group is now in its fourth year and our numbers are growing.
We enjoy a couple of hours in the coffee bar on a Tuesday morning, between 9.30 and 11.30am when we knit, crochet, sew and, of course, natter!
All our finished items have been sent to needy folk in many parts of the world, including: Croatia, Ukraine, Uganda, Malawi, Honduras, Philippines and Syria, as well as the UK. We usually use donated wool and, through contacts, send finished goods as quickly as we can to those who need them.
Where possible, our contacts bring photographs of recipients accepting the gifts or we receive ‘Thank you’ cards or letters. We thoroughly enjoy meeting our contacts personally and hearing accounts of how the gifts are passed on and used. The smiling faces of children receiving blankets and jumpers are sufficient to spur us all on to make more.
Some of our supporters knit, sew and crochet from, as it were, afar and send the items to the group. In this way, folk who are possibly unable to meet with us all, feel they have a contribution to make. Donations of wool are received from those who wish to take part in the work and these generous gifts are readily used up in colourful blankets, tops and hats.
Through ‘nattering’, our group meets many of our own needs, as we share joys and sorrows, support each other and deepen friendships. Some folk often visit the group simply to natter and they too are very welcome.
In August, 2017 we were invited to visit a hospital to see how our knit and Natter donations were being used.