Pupils’ donations are all sewn up

Rev Yvonne Tracey collects the blankets from Horton Grange Primary School. She is pictured with Charlie, Abbie, Josh, Abbie and Macey.  Picture by Jane Coltman
Rev Yvonne Tracey collects the blankets from Horton Grange Primary School. She is pictured with Charlie, Abbie, Josh, Abbie and Macey. Picture by Jane Coltman

A Blyth school has been clicking together for some good causes.

After being fascinated when seeing a member of staff knitting at lunchtime, a number of Horton Grange Primary School pupils said they wanted to give it a try and so deputy headteacher Caroline Ash set up a knitting club and knit and natter sessions.

Parents, grandparents and friends of Horton Grange came into school and worked with the children.

Initially they were just knitting squares, but one of the parents suggested making blankets for the special care baby unit at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, near Cramlington, or for the homeless.

More than 1,000 squares have been knitted, with more to come, and they have now been made into blankets for the hospital, care homes and other community projects.

Caroline said: “Knitting is a great skill for children to have, as it helps with hand-eye co-ordination and resilience, and it is fantastic to see pupils, staff and the community learning together.

“Rev Yvonne Tracey recently came along to thank the children for all their Harvest Festival contributions to the Blyth Foodbank and explained how this has been used to help the local community. She also collected the blankets to distribute on our behalf and said she was very grateful.

“Margaret Scott, who supports in school, has been responsible for knitting many of the squares together in her own time and has taken the time and patience to teach some of the children to knit.”