Guild’s delight at response to appeal

Some of the East and Old lady knitters are pictured adding to the grand total. They are, from left  Margaret Robertson, Jessie Phillips, Isobel Archibald, Linda Spence, Isabel Farquharson, Esther Kidd and Nan Henderson.

Some of the East and Old lady knitters are pictured adding to the grand total. They are, from left Margaret Robertson, Jessie Phillips, Isobel Archibald, Linda Spence, Isabel Farquharson, Esther Kidd and Nan Henderson.

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Members of the East and Old Parish Church’s Guild have said a big thank you to everyone who has supported their recent appeal.

They thank all those who have picked up their knitting needles to produce an incredible collection of lovely knitted garments for babies in Africa.

The impetus for the Forfar ladies was a suggestion to the Guild in 2011.

They learned of the plight of ‘fish and chip babies’- new-borns in central Africa, wrapped in newspaper to keep them warm in the chill of the evening.

Knitting patterns for a jumper and hat were published in the church’s newsletter and many locals have passed them on to their friends around the country.

A spokesperson said: “After we reached the 1,000 total other churches and friends of the church started doing them as well (a church down south is posting up parcels to us for forwarding).

“The total now stands at 3,774 garments, comprising: 1,970 jumpers; 1,733 hats; 10 shawls; 11 cardigans; seven crochet hats; 21 baby suits; 11 hat and mitt sets and 11 bootee sets.

“The charity Mission International are delighted with the response and enthusiastic about delivering them to mothers in hospitals in Burundi and Rwanda and are intending to branch out into new areas in Africa, so keep knitting!”

The support for the “fish and chip” babies has been nationwide.

The jumpers themselves are very easy to knit and are made in one piece. For most knitters they take an afternoon or an evening to complete. The clothes can be plain or striped, in as many colours as you chose to use, the only request being that dark and bright colours rather than the pastel shades are used.

Pictured adding to their grand total at the East and old Guild are, from left Margaret Robertson, Jessie Phillips, Isobel Archibald, Linda Spence, Isabel Farquharson, Esther Kidd and Nan Henderson.