Reasons to keep knitting 1, 2, 3…

AVA donationWe are listening to what you say and the question we keep hearing is, “Where does all the knitting go?” So here is a little run down of what we have done, just this month.

We’ve been working with Refugee Action UK for a while, donating warm knitting for their centres. Building a new life as a refugee in the UK is a long and difficult process.  When an asylum seeker is given refugee status, their situation completely changes and they’re expected to look after themselves very quickly. But with support, they can fulfil their potential, look to the future and give back to UK society.  This month we’ve sent boxes full of your blankets and baby clothes to Leeds, Coventry, Portsmouth, Birmingham and St Pancras and Islington Refugee Centres in London. Also the West London Synagogue Centre for Destitute Asylum Seekers have received a big box of baby jumpers, hats and mittens.

New for us is the charity Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) who are working to end all forms of violence against women and girls. They run projects in London to help cross the boundaries between London boroughs while also addressing the overlapping issues of domestic and sexual violence, drug and alcohol use and mental health.

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We have also sent 35 teddies to The David Hardie Project that helps disabled and disadvantaged children in and around Cambridge. The Cancer Recovery Project needs handmade toys to include in their gift bags for children staying in hospital for extended periods. Soft knitted teddies in machine-washable wool are especially welcome and we have sent them a box of 38 of your lovely creations.

So there you have it. With new projects approaching us all the time there are a lot of reasons to keep knitting, so don’t stop now.