A North Wales woman is putting her knitting skills to good use by creating blankets for a local charity.
Mary Roberts, from Connah's Quay, is approaching her 100th birthday in August but she only has one thing on her mind - knitting blankets for North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR). News North Wales reports that the 99-year-old has been creating the yarncrafts after hearing about the rescue centre being flooded in September 2012.
Since then she has been doing all she can to help the 70 dogs that were affected when water came pouring into the Trelogan-based centre. The blankets are coming in great use for NCAR who have been using them for the dogs and newborn kittens. Nicky Owen, a fundraising officer at the charity, told the news provider that Ms Roberts had been keen to look after the dogs but was more than happy for the young cats to benefits as well.
As a way of saying thank you for all her hard work and generosity both Ms Owen and fellow charity worker Jean Sellers visited Ms Roberts at Rhiwlas care home in Flint where she now resides. There was also a special visitor as Misty the dog came along home to give the 99-year-old a special thank you.
"I just thought it was a lovely gesture and after speaking to her I found out it was after the flooding she decided to do it – it’s such a lovely thing for someone to do. I was just overwhelmed," Ms Owen added.
NCAR has been operating in the North Wales area since it was first made a registered charity in 1978. The centre now tends for around 1,500 domestic pets every year and due to the tough economic climate the UK has gone through in recent years the service is seen as a necessity for the community.
The charity is also affiliated to the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust and is a member of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes.