Bloomin’ great cash gifts from crafty fundraisers

THE UNITED FREE CHURCH, CRAFT GROUP WITH MILNGAVIE IN BLOOM AND SOME OF THE CRAFTERS'EM'26/4/11

THE UNITED FREE CHURCH, CRAFT GROUP WITH MILNGAVIE IN BLOOM AND SOME OF THE CRAFTERS'EM'26/4/11

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MEMBERS of United Free Church craft group in Milngavie handed out £150 to various local groups last week.

The craft group was set up over three years ago by Milngavie woman Joan Crawford as she is a keen knitter and wanted to do something to help others.

It now has 25 regular members and they hold coffee mornings to raise money for charities and local groups. Last week they held a cupcake and coffee afternoon and presented £50 donations to members of Milngavie in Bloom and Campsie View School in Lenzie for children with special needs, as well as a £50 Homebase voucher to Milngavie Youth Cafe.

They also knit squares for blankets which they give to different charities and organisations, including Bield Day Care centre in Milngavie, the day centre in Park Avenue, Milngavie, Buchanan Care Home in Bearsden, Blanefield Care Home. They have also handed over 300 blankets to maternity units.

Joan said: “We also knit special hats with holes and flaps in them for premature babies in intensive care so that tubes can be put through.

“Mums really appreciate them as well as the wee jackets and booties we make.

“We also knit hats for sailors. They are sent to the Sailors’ Society in Southampton and we post hats and scarves to children in South Africa as it’s cold at night there and they need them to keep warm.”

The group’s honorary member, 104-year-old Mrs Mary Moyes from Bearsden, was delighted to be invited to the coffee afternoon. It was her first outing for five months due to the severe winter weather.

Three children from Campsie View School and their teacher also attended the event - the donation from the craft group was much appreciated as the school is currently trying to raise enough money to buy a bus so they can take the children out on more outings.