Natty knitters help out

Chantry Middle School & Technology College pupils working on one of the blankets that will be sent to Uganda.''.
Chantry Middle School & Technology College pupils working on one of the blankets that will be sent to Uganda.''.

PUPILS at a Morpeth school seem to have this year’s Christmas charity drive all sewn up after deciding to help people in Africa.

The efforts of students from the lunchtime knitting club at Chantry Middle School and Technology College may have seemed a little woolly, but the colourful knitted squares they have created have been made into blankets with the help of parents and grandparents.

These have been donated to the charity Friends of Teso and are being sent to Uganda, where they will help to make life a little more comfortable for hundreds of needy children and adults.

Teacher Judith Michie said that when the students knitted the squares, many of them were so good that they won prizes at the Mitford Flower Show.

She added: “It’s really important to remember those less fortunate than us at this time of year so I’m very pleased to see the students’ knitting skills put to such a good cause and go towards making a real difference to the lives of others.”

Friends of Teso organises collections across the UK of clothes, as well as books, bedding, educational material and other practical equipment such as sewing machines, bicycles, wheelchairs and mobility aids.

These are then sent to people in the Teso region of Uganda using money brought in by the charity’s fundraising activities.