Knitting needles ready in East Lothian for charity
Knitters all over East Lothian are busy working to ensure Africa’s “fish and chip babies” are yesterday’s news by supplying them with clothes.
Everyone from church members and parents of schoolchildren to elderly residents in nursing homes have got their knitting needles going to make jumpers and hats for new borns.
The babies are sent home from hospital wrapped in newspaper because their mums, many of whom are suffering from AIDS, are too poor to provide clothes.
The knitting frenzy started at the St Andrew Blackadder Church Guild in North Berwick but soon spiralled county-wide after word got out, and the colourful garments are now arriving in their hundreds.
Ann Cubitt of St Andrew Blackadder said she was “absolutely gobsmacked” at the level of support from all over East Lothian and beyond, with the first assignment of clothes arriving in Tanzania courtesy of the charity Save the Children Scotland whose chief Douglas Hamilton lives in North Berwick.
Ann Braid from North Berwick was amongst the first to begin knitting, following the pattern for the tiny jumpers and hats to protect the babies from the hot sun and cold nights.
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