Pupils knit red ribbons to promote World Aids Day

Pupils knit red ribbons to promote World Aids Day

Knitted poppies are becoming a charity trend in the run up to Remembrance Day next month, but this is not the only cause which is benefitting from crafty help.

Pupils from two schools in South Tyneside have been hard at work knitting and purling red ribbons to promote World Aids Day.

Teenagers from Jarrow School and Mortimer School in South Shields are reportedly creating their own woollen versions of the famous symbols, according to The Shields Gazette.

Organised by Steven Bramwell, sexual health promotion facilitator with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, the project aims to raise awareness of the fight against the sexually-transmitted disease, while also tying into sex and relationships education for the pupils.

While each of the kids may not have been natural knitters they have been helped by the Materialistics group from South Shields, who have been lending their skills to more than 100 youths, teaching them the art of French knitting.

A little different to the more standard style, it uses a spool and four nails to produce a narrow tube of fabric, ideal for making socks and gloves out of.

Discussing the campaign, Mr Bramwell thanked the group for their support and the part funding of the work along with the regional Eyes Open Steering Group.

"Many people do not understand how HIV is transmitted and how it can be prevented, so it is very important to raise awareness as there can still be a stigma for people living with HIV, who can face discrimination.

"By knitting the red 'ribbons', the young people can follow up on the awareness-raising with some positive action by giving them away in school or selling them to raise money for charity," he explained to the newspaper.

Each of the knitted ribbons will be sold to raise money for Aids charities, coinciding with World Aids Day on December 1st.

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