Swansea woman helps homeless stay warm this winter

Great-grandad shows knitting not just for girls (iStockPhoto)

A woman from Swansea is putting her crafty skills to work and helping homeless people to stay warm over the winter months.

Debbie Jones has been knitting scarves and blankets for the Swansea homeless community for the past three years, South Wales Evening Post reports, however she is now looking to attract more people to join her cause.

With the help of her new Facebook page entitled Knit A Square This Winter, she is hoping to gather more volunteers and support for her project.

More than 800 people have joined the group, with organisations and schools from around the area all contributing their own knitted patches.

Ms Jones told the newspaper: "I know a scarf or a blanket may not be the best thing to keep one warm on a freezing night, but every little helps."

She explained that a friend of hers from when she was a youngster, named Julie Richardson, ended up becoming homeless, thanks to many issues in her life, however still remained a caring person looking after others on the streets for many years.

"Julie Richardson sadly died a few years ago, but it makes me think that I could have quite easily have also gone down the wrong road in my teenage years and am grateful that I didn't. I now do this in Julie's memory, my little contribution to try and keep the city's homeless a little warmer by way of donating a scarf or a blanket," Ms Jones went on to say.

After donating her own supplies of yarn skeins and knitting equipment she is now running low and is appealing for not only knitted squares but also the materials and tools to help others to make them too.

Therefore, whether you are an experienced knitter or simply someone who would like to help out with a deserving charitable cause you can easily get involved in the project.

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