Mary’s woolly thinking brings joy to children

Mary Walker knitting toys to send to Africa
Mary Walker knitting toys to send to Africa

A great-grandmother is doing her bit to put a smile on the faces of African children by knitting them toy animals.

Mary Walker, 87, of Morpeth, is sending the gifts 4,000 miles in the hope of bringing some joy to orphaned and destitute children being cared for at schools run by the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation in Uganda.

Mary has been knitting for charities for almost 50 years and was asked to help out the African youngsters by friend Debbie Blyth.

Mary said: “As soon as Debbie asked me to knit some animals for the children, I was more than happy to help, and I hope they bring a real smile to their faces.

Mrs Blyth added: “I would like to personally say a huge thank you to Mary for her kind-donation. It is amazing that something as simple as a soft toy can make such a difference to a child’s life.

“The children are so grateful for things that we often take for granted and I hope that Morpeth residents will continue to show their valuable backing for this great cause.”

The Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation is supported by UK registered charity Pearl of Africa Childcare.