Great Alne retirees get knitting for a good cause - The Stratford Observer

Great Alne retirees get knitting for a good cause

KNITTING needles have been clicking for a good cause in Great Alne.

Members of Great Alne Park’s Knit and Natter group have been knitting squares to be assembled into blankets for women who have experienced childbirth-related injuries in Ethiopia.

The eight retirement home residents aged between 70 and 82 decided to support the vital work of the Hamlin Fistula Charity because of its unwavering commitment to women’s empowerment.

The initiative gained momentum when resident Dianne Francis donated a large collection of brightly coloured wool to the Knit and Natter group.




Group member Diane Long said: “I’ve had a long-standing connection with this charity for many years. What initially captured my interest was its mission to support women and offer hope and aid healing. When Dianne generously donated the wool, I immediately thought of the Hamlin Fistula Charity and its need for blankets.

“The Knit and Natter group believes in women supporting each other, and when the opportunity arose to contribute blankets through our knitting group, it felt like the perfect way to make a difference.”


Founded by surgeons Dr Reg Hamlin and Dr Catherine Hamlin, The Hamlin Fistula Charity dedicates its efforts to treating and preventing childbirth injuries in Ethiopia.

The knitted squares, crafted by residents, have so far been combined to create three blankets. Every surgery patient at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia receives a blanket as a small yet meaningful source of comfort on their path to recovery.

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