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Helping the homeless in Cornwall one knitted square at a time

When Yvonne Cherry heard talk about the plight of homeless people, some only teenagers, at the Methodist Chapel in Padstow, she decided to do something to help.

She held a couple of 'Big Knit' days at the John Betjeman Centre in Wadebridge, where a group of ladies - and a few men - knitted squares and sewed them together to make blankets.

A few people have carried on with this project and to date over 300 blankets and a large number of hats and scarves have been given to Drop In and Share Centre (DISC) in Newquay to help people to keep warm.

Volunteers at the John Betjeman Centre, Maggie and Wendy, did plenty of knitting for the cause, plus a lady who would like to remain anonymous knitted a whopping 190 squares during the lockdown. Ladies from the yoga group and Wadebridge Choral Society also knitted and sewed the squares together. Overall, a number of wonderful people came together to contribute towards this project.

And it's still going! If you would like to knit some squares - preferably long strips of eight squares - they are knitted with double knitting wool in garter stitch on 4mm needles, 40 stitches per row and 6 inches in length. These can be left at the John Betjeman Centre for collection.

Similarly, if you have any double knitting wool you don't need, then donations are welcome. If you have a bit of spare time, why not pop along to the Knit and Knatter at the centre on the last Friday afternoon of the month?

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