Treasurer's note

All I ever seem to do in my regular article is remind you how much we need money to keep our church activities going and the gas bills paid, and how worried I get when more and more people on a Sunday morning have joined the increasing number of the population that don’t carry cash. (Funny that – when I was young, it was something that made the Queen unique that she never carried money.) I will go back to saying all that next month, but meanwhile want to tell you about a marvellous project with an international reach that is based within 100 yards of the church.

On my way home from church last Sunday, I had the chance to see the “knitting room” of Knit for Peace UK which is run by the Charities Advisory Trust (www.charitiesadvisorytrust.org.uk). It grew out of projects developed in Rwanda and India, which brought together women of traditionally hostile communities (Hutu and Tutsi war widows in Rwanda and Muslim and Hindu women in the slums of Delhi) to knit clothes for street children and orphans. Knit for Peace paid the knitters and distributed the clothes through local NGOs.

Knitters in the UK who heard about this asked if they could knit for people in need, and this revealed a huge need for knitters to have someone to knit for. Once Knit for Peace said they would distribute donated knitting, they found they were inundated. I can confi rm that. The very large room is crammed full of beautifully knitted clothes, hats, scarves, gloves and blankets, all sorted by size and type and much already in bags ready to go to projects all over the country and beyond.

The people involved in Knit for Peace believe that knitting (and crochet) is good for you. As well as being fun and therapeutic, knitting brings people together and gives a way of helping others in need, providing benefi ts both to the knitter and the recipient. It is also an activity that can be carried out right into extreme old age and helps improve long-term mental and physical health.

Knit for Peace now distributes regularly to over 200 projects and services, including hospitals, women’s refuges, refugee dropin centres, prisons, community groups, and hospices as well as to developing countries, refugee camps and those living in the rubble in Syria. They can also provide donated yarn and needles to enable people on low incomes to knit. There are about 22,000 known volunteer knitters beavering away.

So if you are a knitter, your products will be welcome. You can find patterns on the website, and if you cannot afford wool and needles, they will be happily supplied. More important, if you are involved in any projects or services which reach people in need who would welcome warm garments for themselves or for children and babies, do get in touch and arrange to collect what is needed.

Knitforpeace.org.uk will tell you more.

 

With love and best wishes,

Gaynor

gaynor@eandghumphreys.plus.com


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