MP donates winnings to knitting club

MP donates winnings to knitting club (Thinkstock)

An MP in Huddersfield has surprised locals by donating his recent winnings to a charity knitting club.

Conservative MP for Colne Valley Jason McCartney was recently given a free £25 each-way bet on the Grand National by bookies at the Huddersfield branch of Ladbrokes, The Huddersfield Examiner reports.

Mr McCartney decided to put the money on Tea for Three, which had odds of 16-1. After a nail-biting race the horse ended up taking third place.

This meant that the lucky MP was left with £125 to pay out to a charitable organisation of his choice.

He chose to donate the proceeds of his gambling flurry to the Extra Club, which is a group of charity knitters who work hard to make an array of garments and send them to those less fortunate.

Based at the Drop By Centre at Sycamore Court in Golcar, the group meets weekly to practice their skills and come up with new colourful designs and projects.

Committee member Carol Sykes told the publication that the donation was a huge surprise for everyone involved, but joked that they would of course be spending the money on plenty of wool.

The all-female, 20-strong group will be using their new yarn purchases to make more knitted clothing and blankets for a range of causes including poverty-stricken families in Africa and premature baby wards in Britain.

Ms Sykes said: “It was great that Jason thought about us and, of course, we’ll be spending the money on more wool. Our group is really good socially. It’s all knitting and nattering!”

Meanwhile, football fan Mr McCartney was quick to point out that he was in fact no horse racing expert.

He joked: “I picked the horse because the jockey was wearing Huddersfield Town’s colours.”

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