Kind-hearted members of Ermin Street Women’s Institute used their knitting skills to support a project aimed at helping Swindon’s homeless.
The Big Swindon Knit is a scheme run by Swindon Borough Council’s Community Navigators and Circles of Support. The scheme has so far donated more than 200 woolly items to Swindon homeless charity Threshold.
On Friday 12 August a further 11 scarves, 18 blankets and 26 hats were handed over to Swindon Borough Council as part of the appeal.
Alison Smith, who has been a member of Ermin Street WI for the last three and a half years, heard about the Big Swindon Knit through her daughter who works at the Council.
“We have a knitting group who meet on the second Friday of every month and we tend to knit for various causes,” explained Alison.
“I heard about this appeal through my daughter Lisa, but we’ve knitted blankets for people with Alzheimer’s, babies who have been in the Special Care Unit at Great Western Hospital and we’ve knitted poppies for the Poppy Appeal.”
The Ermin Street WI has 39 members and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The group’s main get together is at St Margaret’s Hall on the last Thursday of the month, where members meet between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.
Swindon Borough Council’s Community Researcher Paula Nunnery, who has organised two Big Swindon Knit events this year, said: “I am just overwhelmed by the variety of the items that have been donated.
“They are all creations that have been made individually and are so special. All the items will be warmly received by Threshold.”