Two years on & we're still spending our grant :)
Thanks to the Small Sparks grant we were given 2 years ago, our happy band of knitters at George Place have been able to contribute to a variety of charity projects. We started by knitting blankets and tiny cardigans for the Neo-natal unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and as our first project it was documented within the You're Welcome website.
Since then, we have knitted scarves, hats, gloves & mittens for inclusion in "food parcels" for the needy of the Forest of Dean. These parcels were distributed by the local branch of the Salvation Army (based in Broadwell, near Coleford). For most of the last year we made some blankets and squares for the Forest of Dean Children's Opportunity Centre (based in Coleford), the Centre had also requested some nursery rhyme characters, which kept us very busy. These included some ducklings & their mother; Incey-Wincey Spider; a man in oilskins rowing a boat; Humpty Dumpty (complete with wall, King's horses and King's men); a grandfather clock with an attached mouse and various farm animals for "Old MacDonald's" farm! Our most recent project was to knit poppies to be sold by the local branch of the British Legion and, although we were only knitting these for a couple of weeks, these made over £140 for the legion, and were so popular that we have decided to make poppies throughout the next 12 months so that hopefully we might manage to keep up with the demand.
Our Small Sparks grant has brought a group of knitters together for a couple of hours relaxation and enjoyment that in turn brings help and pleasure to so many others. We meet between 10 am and 12 noon on Wednesdays at George Place, Berry Hill - tea & coffee are provided, and one of our group usually brings some Welsh cakes to take the edge off any hunger pangs brought on by our industry!
We're having a short break from our charity knitting now, to catch up on our personal projects, but no doubt we will select another good cause very soon.