Get knitting to help children in war zones

Some of the children who have benefited from the Knit for Kids campaign so far.
Some of the children who have benefited from the Knit for Kids campaign so far.

A Kineton-based charity is calling on all keen knitters to get their needles working for children in refugee camps and shanty towns.

Compassion Direct UK (CDUK) has launched its Knit for Kids campaign, which encourages people to knit hats, scarves, gloves and mittens to be sent to children in Ukraine, Syria and Palestine.

Ros Grant, chairman of trustees at CDUK, said: “With the winter weather upon us in the UK we are so fortunate to have warm homes to go to.

“I was watching a news programme and saw the awful conditions that people are living in. I felt so helpless and thought this campaign might be a way that many of us could do something positive to help these poor people who suffer, from no fault of their own, such awful living conditions.”

Free knitting patterns are available online, wool is available from charity shops or knitters are urged to turn out their cupboards and look for any leftover wool they may have.

Organisations and groups are also asked to get involved by setting up a collection point for knitted items and then delivering or posting the items to the charity’s office at 12 Walton Fields, Kineton, Warwick. CV35 0JP. To find out more and to keep updated, visit the charity’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/direct.compassion, or the website www.compassiondirectuk.org.