Pupils get the needles out for Africa project

Youngsters from a south east Northumberland school have been using a new talent they have developed to help children in Africa.

Cragside Church of England Primary School pupils in Cramlington have been working on a project as part of their knitting and crochet club.

Following the visit of the Ugandan Pearl of Africa Choir to the school, the experienced knitters decided they would like to knit something to help children in Africa who were not as fortunate as themselves, and they chose the charity ‘Knit-a-Square’ based in Radburg, South Africa.

Over the last year the children of the knitting club, together with family and friends, have been meeting weekly to knit squares to be made into blankets for vulnerable and orphaned children.

The squares are stitched together to make blankets for the children.

The children are now ready to parcel up 240 squares.

Headteacher Paul Rusby said: “One of our key values at Cragside is care and thoughtfulness towards others.

“I am delighted that our knitting club have decided to show this kindness in such a practical way and am grateful to Mrs Elford and all our knitters for their care and concern.”