Knitting group helps people in need

PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 November 2015

Mebers of Exmouth Knit and Chat filling shoe boxes.

Mebers of Exmouth Knit and Chat filling shoe boxes.

A group of knitters from Exmouth have added some extra sparkle this year to their annual Christmas donation for people in need.

Every year, the Exmouth Knit and Chat group sends boxes via Christian Aid to people in Moldova – the poorest country in Europe – filled with knitted hats, gloves and socks made by the group’s members, along with practical items, such as toothpaste.

However, the group decided to add to this after hearing of a woman in Moldova who cried when she opened a Christmas box and found a piece of jewellery, the first she had been given since she was a child.

So this year, nearly every Knit and Chat member raided their own jewellery collections and brought in dozens of pieces of jewellery to include in the boxes.

A total of 20 boxes have been put together.

The group, which is part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme, but does its own fundraising, meets on Thursdays at Denning Court, Withycombe.

As well as the Christmas boxes, the group also knits for a number of charity causes throughout the year, including for the neonatal ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and for dementia patients, and is also knitting for Syrian refugees.

The group relies on donations of wool.

Anyone who could make a donation is invited to call organiser Sandra Witts on 01395 273692.

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