Knitting group Jarrow creates 100 beanies to help keep babies warm in Palestine

The hats are the work of the talented parish of Simonside and Jarrow’s Knit and Craft group.

Their woolly creations go to the North East charity Practical Compassion for Destitute Children (PCDC), a faith-based organization that works with the most needy children in Palestine.

It offers funding for schooling as well as practical help – like warm clothes.

Revd Jason Wratten and Judith Jackson of the Knit and Craft Group with 100 hats for babies and toddlers.

The Knitting Group meets at St Peter’s Church on York Avenue in Jarrow every Tuesday from 2-4pm and supports a number of different projects for good causes.

Rector of Jarrow and Simonside parish, Reverend Lesley Jones said: ‘We heard about the charity’s work and how they needed little hats for mothers struggling to keep their babies and their young children warm.

“As usual, our generous knitters got together and in a few weeks produced 100 little beanies.”

Knitters are used to bringing color and smiles to the faces of South Tyneside. A year ago, they used their work to make a “wire bombing” spot to decorate a tree outside St. Peter’s Church.

The beanies will keep 100 little heads warm for months to come.

At Christmas 2021 they also knitted a host of over 1000 colorful angels which appeared across Jarrow and Simonside. The tagged angels were there to take home as gifts from people across the parish, spreading some Christmas cheer.

The band’s next project is already underway. This time they’re making much larger hats for the Mission to Seafarers, which helps sailors deal with mental health, loneliness and financial issues. Its Tyne and Wear branch is based at Mill Dam, near South Shields Customs.

The Simonside and Jarrow Parish Knitting and Crafts Group is at least as much about the social aspect as the knitting itself. In fact, knitting is optional.

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If you would like to find out more about the group, please visit the parish office or call 0191 489 1925.

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