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Knitting group yarning for your support.

Byline: Ruth Lawson Reporter

THESE knitting enthusiasts haven't let losing their sight stop them doing what they love.

Newcastle Society for Blind People's Knit & Natter Group meet every week to enjoy a good knitting sessions while catching up with like-minded friends.

Many people who have spent their life with a needle and some wool close by can struggle to continue on with the hobby when their sight disintegrates but the Knit & Natter Group offers them a lifeline.

The organisers of the group have entered the Chronicle Wish campaign to help pay for members to get to the sessions.

Wish has a massive PS35,000 to hand out to deserving organisations who are in need of a cash boost.

There is also an opportunity for every reader to play a part in helping the charities or organisations of their choice. Readers can support any of the groups by saving tokens and sending them off to their favourite cause.

Julia Fecitt, who entered the group into Wish, said: "Knit and Natter is a social group of service users who get together for knitting and nattering. Many people have been knitting most of their lives and have found losing their sight has made it difficult to read patterns and continue knitting. By attending this group people are able to knit using larger needles and have their patterns enlarged. There are volunteers on hand if they need help with any knitting they are stuck with and always ready to supply biscuits and a cup of tea or coffee."

She added: "This year's Wish money will be spent on supporting members to get to the group on a regular basis. Last year's Wish money was spent on transport for service users to attend out IT courses."

The Wish campaign, now in its fourth year, hands over a portion of the prize fund to groups depending on how many Wish tokens they collect. Registered groups in this year's Wish competition range from sports clubs to schools, old folks' organisations, charities and community groups. To support Newcastle Society for Blind People, send tokens: MEA House, Ellison Place, Newcastle, NE1 8XS.


Newcastle Society for Blind People - Knit & Natter Group who have entered Wish 2013
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2013
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