Wool plea for 93-year-old charity knitter

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Upon retiring many people choose to dedicate their time to crafts and hobbies, honing their skills and trying out new and exciting projects.

When it comes to knitting and crocheting you can easily pick patterns up and put them down again, however having time to sit down and get to grips with more complex tasks can be far more satisfying.

Once you've made items for yourself, family and friends a great way to share your skills and do your bit for others is to get involved with charity projects.

This is what 93-year-old Edna from Alnwick has been doing for the past few years - so much so that she is quickly running out of wool.

Age UK Northumberland has released a plea this week for people in the local community to donate more high quality yarns so that she can continue knitting at their day centre every week.

Edna, who lives in Anchor Housing's St Paul's Court and moved to Alnwick nine years ago, is never far from her knitting needles and creates at least two jumpers a week - which she then gives to St Michael's church to donate to countries around the world.

Sky Tyne and Wear reports that she treasures the thankyou notes and photos from the children and orphanages she has sent her clothes too and has recently made 30 jumpers of assorted colours and sizes to raise funds at the Alnwick Music Festival this summer.

However, she is in desperate need of new wool, so the charity has taken it upon itself to help get the word out.

Edna told the broadcaster: "I am lucky - I have family, I am busy, I have a hobby that helps others. I love living here, I had a house before but this is so much better and I just couldn't imagine life without my friends at the Age UK Northumberland day centre. I wish it were on every day!

"At the moment my stock of wool has run very low and I would like to do a new batch to send to another orphanage, so any donation would be very welcome."

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