Kind donations from public allow Edith’s wooly handover

Wooly thankful: Louise accepted the kind donation of wool garments from Edith last week.'Picture: Carla Duthie
Wooly thankful: Louise accepted the kind donation of wool garments from Edith last week.'Picture: Carla Duthie

A NEW Deer woman has said a big thank you to members of the public who supported her in her bid to knit wool items for less fortunate children abroad.

Edith Scott, of Stoneybank Gardens, has been knitting for years, and decided that she would put her knitting skills to good use.

Living on a pension, Edith found it increasingly difficult to pay for the wool she required for the items, and made an appeal through the Buchan Observer in 2010 for wool donations.

Inundated with supplies, Edith got busy, and handed over two bags stocked full of jumpers, cardigans, socks and blankets to the New Hope Trust, a local charity aiming to help children less fortunate at home and abroad.

The pensioner, who has been wheelchair-bound for the past three years, keeps busy in every spare minute she has, whether she’s waiting on the next load of washing coming out, or simply passing the time, she thoroughly enjoys craft, which she picked up at the young age of 4.

“I learned with two 6 inch needles and a piece of string,” Edith said.

“Not much people knit anymore, which is a shame, it’s been great to support a local charity and I’ll keep going with it. I still have plenty of wool which was down to the folk of Buchan but I’m ready to take in more stock if it’s there.”

General manager of the New Hope Trust, Louise Reid said: “We are just delighted that Edith chose us to donate these wonderful items too the New Hope Trust.

“They are all beautiful, and Edith has tastefully created them in a variety of colours and styles, which I’m sure the children will just love.”

Edith is appealing to anyone who may have odd balls of wool stashed away in their loft or lying around the house, as well as buttons, which at the moment is the only expense she has.

She continued: “Lots of folk have oddments lying around left over from articles they have completed, so I’m asking that they don’t throw it out but give it to me.”

Anyone who feels they can help is asked to hand it to a Peterhead Rotary Club member who will be able to arrange delivery to Edith.