Caterina Colombi, 86 and resident at Claremont House along with her daughter, Lucia have been supporting Jacob’s Well for several years by knitting and crocheting blankets and clothing.
When Jane Spence, activities co-ordinator at Claremont House heard about what they were doing she wanted to help.
“I knew immediately that this was an opportunity for residents to be involved in helping others while enjoying, what for many has been a lifelong hobby.”
Jane organised knitting gatherings with residents and staff and their families have joined in knitting and crocheting blankets, hats, scarves and baby clothes.
Bridget Conroy from the Jacob’s Well Project visited Claremont House to meet those who took part and accept the knitted items.
Bridget commenting on her visit said;
“We are very grateful for all the lovely knitted items that the Residents make and donate to us.”
“These make such a difference to very poor people with nothing and help to make their life more comfortable.”
“The baby items will be sent to Syria on the next container early next year.”
“They will be very much appreciated by displaced families who have lost their homes and possessions.”
“The blankets will go to the Christian Charity we partner in Burkina Faso, the poorest of the poor West African states.”
“All the children’s and teenage bobble hats will go into the gift boxes we make up for the children.”
Joy Puckering, Manager said;
“Claremont House are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause.”
“Staff, residents, their family and my daughter, who is currently on maternity leave from her job, have participated.”
“Jane has done really well to encourage residents as well as knitting in her own time at home.”
Jacob’s Well Appeal, who’s mission statement is ‘Changing the World….One life at a time’ have been working since 1982 to support poor countries by sending regular 40 Foot Containers loaded with things like medical supplies.