Knitting nana helps brighten lives

Knitting nana Mary Walker pictured with some of the toys she has made for orphan children in Uganda.''.

Knitting nana Mary Walker pictured with some of the toys she has made for orphan children in Uganda.''.

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A KIND-HEARTED Morpeth grandmother has clicked her needles to help orphaned and destitute children in Africa.

Mary Walker has knitted more than 25 toy animals for children being cared for at schools run by the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation in Uganda.

She was asked to knit the toys by family friend Debbie Blyth, who has been supporting the charity for more than two years.

The 87-year-old, who started knitting for local charities almost 50 years ago, said: “I saw some of the children from the schools performing in Morpeth last year as part of the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir and thought they were fantastic.

“As soon as Debbie asked me to knit some animals for the children I was more than happy to help and I hope they bring a real smile to their faces.”

The Foundation cares for more than 2,200 children in seven schools in the Kampala and Masaka districts.

A Children’s Village is also located in Kamuzinda, which includes a farm school and clinic that provides primary healthcare for the local community.

Mrs Blyth said: “I would like to personally say a huge thank-you to Mary for her kind donation. It is amazing that something as simple as a soft toy can make such a difference to a child’s life.

“The children are so grateful for things that we often take for granted and I hope that Morpeth residents will continue to show their valuable backing for this great cause.”

The Foundation is supported by UK registered charity Pearl of Africa Childcare. For more information or to make a donation visit www.pearlofafrica.org.uk