Bundles of wool donated to appeal

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I WOULD appreciate the opportunity to use your columns to publicly thank your readers for their generous response to my club’s appeal for unused balls of wool.

We have received more than 170 replies from readers and we now have enough wool to produce more than 1,500 items of knitwear for poverty-stricken children in developing countries, which will be delivered over the next three months.

The first consignment of 1,000 items will be taken by a team of four ladies from this club who will be going to villages in the Himalayas in Nepal on March 2.

The next consignment will be taken to Romania by a young lady from Durham University, who my club is sponsoring to work out there as a volunteer.

Age UK now has 120 knitters working on these projects and their weekly output is truly impressive.

I wish that they could actually witness the look of delight on the faces of children, who literally have nothing, when they are given brightly-coloured hats, scarves, gloves and jumpers.

My members will, of course, be taking photographs and videos when they are in Nepal that will be shown at future meetings of Age UK in Whitley Bay.

TRACEY HARTLEY

President

The Rotary Club of Monkseaton Centenary