Tuesday 24 April 2012

Charity hats for Pakistan

It's coming up to the 3rd anniversary of the beginning of our wonderful Cannock Crafties group, but up until now we hadn't embarked upon any knitting for charity.  A few weeks ago, friends of a few of our group members had some extremely sad news.

Around the same time p/hop put out an appeal for knitted hats. P/hop stands for 'pennies per hour of pleasure.' It is a knitting fundraising initiative to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders.)  Designers donate beautiful patterns that are available to download from the p/hop site, then knitters 'pay' an amount to MSF based on how much they enjoyed knitting the pattern. It has been extremely successful and has raised almost £33,000 to date. 

The hats are needed for a neo-natal unit in an MSF hospital in Qetta, Pakistan to warm the heads of premature babies and malnourished children. It seemed the ideal way to do something in honour of our friends, to show our compassion for their sad losses in a practical and caring way.

Seventeen hats...

...made with love...

...are now winging their way to the MSF offices to begin their long journey.


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