A NIFTY knitter has put her skills to good use by helping kit out a women’s refuge with blankets.
Crocheter Elizabeth Mickle was inspired to help Wearside Women in Need (WWiN) after hearing about its work in the community.
Elizabeth offered to help by making blankets for the women and children who use the charity – many of whom have suffered domestic abuse and fled their homes.
The 79-year-old said: “When I heard about the refuge I thought it was such a good cause. I enjoy crochet and knitting and thought perhaps I could do my bit to help by making blankets for the charity to use.
“It is nice to think they are going to a good home and can perhaps provide some comfort to people who are going through a difficult time in their lives.”
Elizabeth heard about WWiN from her landlord, Cestria Housing Group.
Cestria’s occupational therapist Wendy Little has been the driving force behind the association’s fund-raising activities.
She said: “When I told Elizabeth about the charity she was really keen to help in whatever way she could and offered to make some of her wonderful blankets to donate.
“She is keen to make more and I know of another tenant who would also like to join in. I’m hoping in the future we can even start a crochet group where they can all meet and knit together.”
Clare Phillipson, director of the refuge, said: “I think it’s absolutely lovely, but for me, it shows that even though we’re in a recession and lots of people haven’t got any money, that people can still help.
“People can still contribute and it doesn’t matter what age you are or what income you have, everyone can make a difference.
“The blankets are really nice and make the place look homely.”