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Every Monday morning a group of up to 25 ladies from St Teresa’s and St Mary Magdalen’s Churches in Penwortham head to the Romero Room attached to St Teresa’s church for two hours. There we knit, crochet, chat and have a drink and a biscuit provided by the SVP writes Gemma Swarbrick.
‘Knit-a-Bit’ was set up 15 months ago through the collaboration of one of the parishioners and the chair of the SVP. During that time a lot of projects have been undertaken: personal ones knitting for family and friends but also many other charitable projects.
We have given 210 ‘Fish and Chip’ jumpers and hats to International Aid along with 76 blankets to send abroad to help keep babies at risk warm. We had an Easter stall filled with knitted rabbits, chicks, ducks and all manner of goodies which raised £284.50 towards the Romero Room.
To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, we knitted poppies to decorate both churches and donated spares to one of the local primary schools for their display. Next came the Blue Light Baby appeal. We sent 145 knitted hats and 13 blankets to them for inclusion in ambulance packs for babies to wear when being rushed to hospital after birth complications – all the North West ambulances now are kitted out.
When the Christmas Fair came along, we had a stall filled with baby shawls both knitted and crocheted, knitted stars, knitted plum puddings, garlands and Christmas present tags. Twelve teddies were included in the Christmas shoe box appeal.
Presently, we are working on hats for seafarers as well as hats and scarves for the homeless. We also have trauma teddies underway for the Police to take out to children involved in accidents and ‘refugee teddies’ for refugee children. We have recently been made aware of the Innocent Smoothie ’big knit’ and are now busily knitting and crocheting hats for the Innocent Smoothie bottles – Innocent will donate 25p to Age UK for every hat used by the company. Look out for them – you might just get one of ours on your bottle!
All in all we are a very busy group and regardless of our name we do knit a lot!!