Nifty knitters offer warming blankets to African children

Fylde Knitters who have made blankets for children in Kenya
Fylde Knitters who have made blankets for children in Kenya

Nifty-fingered knitters from St Annes have been busy creating colourful comfort blankets for a Kenyan children’s home.

All through winter and into spring the super-stitchers, who meet every Monday at St Annes War Memorial Housing Association’s community room, have been spurred on by the thought of helping kids at the Happy House, a children’s home opened in 2010 by former Blackpool hotelier Sue Hayward, founder of Children of Watamu charity.

Sue has devoted more than 21 years of her life making a difference to the children of Watamu.

The Happy House is home to children who have been orphaned, abandoned, and in some cases cruelly abused.

The knitters’ effort was prompted by retired tram driver Jane Paul, who follows the charity’s progress on its daily blog, Children of Watamu, and they set themselves a target of a blanket for each of the family’s children.

“We’d got to 63 and then we read the family had increased to 72, so we had to get busy again,” said Jane.

Elizabeth Gomm, the Happy house UK voluntary coordinator, went along to collect the blankets from the memorial house in Church Road and to tell the knitters a bit more about the work of the charity which works with a very high number of orphans on a day to day basis, where numerous children are abandoned.

Elizabeth said: “With these lovely blankets and all the other woollies, we now have all we need, especially as it is, most of the time, so hot.

“The knitting group is also considering holding a fundraising event to help our Happy House so we look forward to seeing them all again.”

Visit www.childrenofwatamu.net.