High school pupils knit blankets for Africa

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High school students in Scotland have been working hard to knit a collection of colourful blankets to send to Africa.

Sixth form student Shannon Collie at Brechin High School is one of the many pupils using her spare time to join in with the Knit for Africa project, which was first mooted by Modern Studies teacher Ms Cunningham.

The Brechin Advertiser reports that the project has really taken off and the response from people at the school has been amazing.

Shannon told the newspaper: "For Knit for Africa we are knitting squares and making them into a blanket.

"The project is getting bigger by the day and we are teaching some of the younger pupils to knit too. Teachers are also taking part."

Despite having to teach herself to knit a couple of weeks ago, she admitted that it was worth it to make the woollen blankets.

Shannon, Ms Cunningham and one other teacher are hoping to travel to Kenya in July to help make new homes and deliver the school's blankets.

She explained: "It costs £50 to make a house for a family of five. We are hoping to go round some of the most poverty ridden places and see if there is anything we can do.

"We don't want to go there and do something that they don't actually need. It is better that we go there and find out what they do need and work it out from there."

She continued to say how difficult it was to raise money near exam time, especially as she currently has two jobs, but is enjoying trying to fund the shipping of the blankets and buying socks and shoes for children in Kenya.

Shannon is currently on the lookout for donations of knitted squares or wool.

Each square should be 30 stitches by 30 stitches and can be sent straight to the school.

All colours are welcome, aside from white and cream, which are associated with mourning in Africa.

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