Knitters spend 10,000 hours making jumpers for Malawi

Knitters spend 10,000 hours making jumpers for Malawi (Thinkstock)

Members of a Scottish church and parish have given over 10,000 hours of their time to an exciting knitting challenge for charity.

Parishioners in Paisley and those who attend the Bourock church have been getting together regularly in order to knit hundreds of jumpers and hats for poverty stricken newborn babies in Malawi, Barrhead News reports.

After months of hard work by the dedicated group, Barrhead councillor Betty Cunningham is flying to Malawi with the precious cargo in order to distribute them to families and youngsters in need.

Speaking to the publication, she said: "The work that has been put in to get these knitted ready has been fantastic, and I have to thank all the women who contributed their time to knit all of the wonderful clothing that has been donated."

Councillor Cunningham will be visiting the village of Kaponda, where many of the jumpers and hats will be donated to the village clinic and used to dress newborn babies.

Many children in poor areas of Malawi are often born and taken home wrapped in rags or even paper, as blankets and clothing is not always available.

However, with her twice-yearly visits she has helped set up schools, churches, a clinic and even vegetable gardens.

Speaking about the project the councillor described her first trip as "a real eye opener" and added that she hopes to help combat malnutrition and educate villagers about the dangers of HIV, malaria and other illnesses.

She now runs the Betty Cunningham International Trust, which is a registered Scottish charity and is helped by kind donations such as the one from the Church of Scotland Guild at Bourock church.

Dorothy Ramsey from the church told the newspaper that each hat and jumper combo took four hours to knit and praised the efforts of the group.

"Everyone has really pulled together for this. Women who haven't knitted in a long time have taken up their needles again," she added.

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