Crocheting for refugees

Friday, 10 February, 2017 - 10:15
Crocheting for refugees

First batch of squares crocheted by the ‘Chat & Crochet’ group sent to charity last week.

Last week, the College’s Chaplain, Revd Helen Arnold, sent the first batch of finished squares crocheted by herself and the rest of the members of Fitzwilliam’s ‘Chat & Crochet’ group to Woolly Hugs, a charity crocheting for a number of good causes.

The group’s creations will be used by the charity to make blankets and warm clothing for refugees in Kurdistan, Lesvos (Greece) and the UK.

The crochet group was set up in 2016 during Easter Term as an antidote to exam stress, but also as another way for College Members to socialise, unwind, learn a new skill, and chat about all sorts of topics. New group members have learned to crochet in one night and have gone off to crochet in their own spare time.  

The group was thrilled to hear from an old Member of College via Facebook, who is herself a committed crocheter, and put the group in touch with the sterling workers of Woolly Hugs so that they could work together for good. She also very graciously sent the group an unbidden gift of wool so that the group can keep on crocheting for many months to come. 

The Chaplain, Revd Helen Arnold, said: "Many refugees arrive at camps with absolutely no belongings, and face many cold nights. It is an inspiration to keep crocheting to keep other people warm." 

Wool gift from alumna
Wool gifted by Fitzwilliam alumna to the College’s ‘Chat & Crochet’ group

Fancy getting hooked? Join the 'Chat & Crochet' group on Tuesdays at 8pm in K11A. Tea and biscuits (sometimes cake!) provided.

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Revd Helen Arnold