Inspired by the great work of the Derry Square Knitters we are starting a group: Knitting Together: Maghera, to support their project.
The Square Knitters ask people to knit 6 inch squares from left-over wool. The squares are joined up to make blankets and these are shipped out to refugee camps where they are distributed to help those with babies and young children.
Aideen Hughes from the group explained that they came together in response to the heart-breaking picture we all remember of little Alan Kurdi’s body lying on a beach in Turkey as this project works to help other children who are still suffering as refugees. Already well over 1000, blankets have been distributed and with people from the North going out to see the situation on the ground you can be sure that they are reaching those who need them the most.
As many of us have more time on our hands at the moment it seemed a good opportunity to start something positive and get involved in this great project. All you have to do is knit the squares and drop them in to us at our new premises, Maghera Heritage Center 11 Main Street, Maghera BT46 5AA via appointment. We will arrange to have them joined together and passed on to the Derry Square Knitters who run regular shipments abroad.
When the current crisis is over, and we can meet up again, we hope to continue the work in our premises and have more social occasions – but until then we can work together from home and feel we are making a positive contribution.
In addition it has been found that knitting reduces stress , can give an increased sense of well-being and promotes social connection. So all the more reason to get knitting!!
For more info or to arrange a drop off, get in touch.