New Knitters for New Hope

On 4th October Chorleywood Bookshop held a craft festival. As part of the festival, they had a knitting activity involving teaching people how to knit.

To encourage the new knitters, they decided to donate the scarves and hats they made to a local homelessness charity and much to our delight they chose us!

Since launching this project, the knitters have made 19 scarves and 12 beanie hats and more are expected to come in. These will go to people who are homeless or vulnerably-housed locally – to help them keep warm in these cold winter months. More importantly, the care that has gone into these scarves and hats will be an additional comfort to our service users. Christmas is a difficult time for many of our service users and a lot of them feel that no-one cares about them. To go to the effort to create a lovely scarf or hat by hand means a great deal to the people we support.

Many thanks to John Lewis for providing knitting needles, Yeoman Yarns and Sirdar for providing wool and to Trend and Thomas for sponsoring the craft festival.

All of us here at New Hope would like to say a huge thank you to Chorleywood Bookshop, and particularly Morag Watkins, who arranged the project. Encouraging people to learn to knit and donate their creations to us is a wonderful way of engaging the community of Chorleywood with our work. We hope you all have a very happy Christmas.

Ian Masters