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Community joins knitting effort for babies in Africa

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

  • HELPING HAND: PCSO Mike Dodd.

  • The team with the results of their labours at Claytawc. BOTL20140118A-003_C

  • Here's one she made earlier. Kerry Merrifield, with one of the knitted baby suits at Claytawc. BOTL20140118A-002_C

  • WOOLLY WONDERS: Young couple Scott Frangley and Chloe Merrifield get knitting for Africa's Fish and Chip babies, above, and the team with the results of their labours, left.

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THEY are the woolly wonders that may give deprived babies in Africa a happier start in life, thanks to efforts of a knitting collective.

Kind-hearted crafters of all ages took part in the Knit and Natter at ClayTawc, St Dennis, on Saturday, to create clothes for the babies, many of whom are born with Aids.

Some have such poor backgrounds that they are wrapped in newspaper instead of clothes, and known as the Fish and Chip babies.

Even Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Mike Dodd turned up to lend a helping hand from the long yarn of the law.

Kerry Merrifield, assistant at ClayTawc, said: "We had a really fun morning with lots of support. In total we have 55 jumpers here with numerous hats and teddies. People who were unable to stay on the morning took patterns with them."

The group has asked for all unfinished items to be completed and returned by February 14.

The items will then be delivered to the Wesley Methodist Chapel, Camborne, for their onward journey.

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