Well we are over half way through the summer, the children are on their school holidays and the roads are getting busier with holiday makers. But the crafters at Broadstone Methodist Church Knit and Natter group have not let that stop them from producing their usual amount of knitted and crocheted items.
Recently we made and gave fourteen pairs of bereavement bears to The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital. The Trusts Critical Care Unit asked for the bears, that will be added to memory boxes for grieving children. Each box contains age appropriate books to help to explain to the child about death and grieving, clay to create hand moulds and then a bear. Each bear that is given to the child will be identical to the bear that is also given to their loved one. The child can then go on to add their own mementoes into the box.
Looking towards the autumn and winter, the group is now concentrating on making hats, scarves and gloves. Sheena Dayman the co-codinator at Bournemouth YMCA, has asked for more hats that will once again be distributed amongst the local homeless and rough sleepers.
Last but not least, the group is also beginning to make a selection of items that they will have on a stall at the Craft Fair, that will be held at Broadstone Methodist Church on Saturday 26th October 2019. Amongst these items will be hats, scarves and gloves that will be available in plenty of time for you to purchase in time to fill your shoeboxes for the Link to Hope Appeal.
We are very fortunate that Lesley Shand Funeral Directors and in particular Wendy Percey from the group supports us in our many charity efforts. They supply the group with wool and a very welcome tea or coffee during our meetings. Our friendly group meets every Monday morning in the Sanctuary at Broadstone Methodist Church between 10.00am–12 noon.