WI’s 60th marked by knitting for children

Grimsargh WI members with their knitted squares
Grimsargh WI members with their knitted squares
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To mark their 60th year, members of Grimsargh WI decided they would like to support a project for the less fortunate.

An organisation which provided knitted blankets to orphaned African babies and children was found by a WI member and the story of its origins and aims so inspired the group, members decided to get involved.

The charity began after two families who emigrated to different countries met for a re-union. One, who lived in Soweto, had been so saddened to find children asleep on the roadway, she started to distribute blankets to protect them from the cold.

After being discussed at the re-union, the charity, together with an online movement to encourage people to knit squares to be be stitched together to make blankets, was born and it now has followers in 54 countries and more than 12,000 knitters.

Grimsargh WI organised a day’s knitting in November and members have continued to knit squares at their craft group and at home. At the last meeting, there were more than 300 squares and three hats, with more on the go.

Joint president Dianne Cookson said: “We currently have enough squares to make nine blankets. This is a fantastic achievement of which we are all very proud,” explaining they had also asked for sponsorship from family and friends to highlight the cause which would be donated to children’s hospice Derian House, so that children from home and abroad will benefit. Members are now looking forward to their next project.