Sparing my mum’s blushes
January 19, 2012, 10:53 pm
Filed under: Work experience pieces

I’ll spare my mum’s blushes by not publishing the picture story that was printed in last week’s Gazette.

But, here’s the story.  I’m looking forward to blogging from Sri Lanka in 10 days time.


Becky Barnes

A GROUP of women have knitted 46 teddies for a Sri Lankan orphanage.

Mary Barnes, 63, of Rough Common, will be taking the soft toys to the Canaan Fellowship Orphanage in Badulla on a family trip in February.

The idea was thought up by Mary’s friend April Austen.

“She thought it would be nice for each child to have a teddy,” said Mary.

Her friends Ursula Scott and Hillary Steigner were already knitting teddies using a pattern from Teddiesfortragedies.org.uk.

The website provides a simple knitting pattern and connects teddy knitters with charities.

“If we end up knitting more, I will try and take extra teddies for Canaan Fellowship’s two other orphanages,” said Mary.

The trip is special for Mary as her late husband Roger made and sold greetings card when he had cancer, raising over £3,000 for the Canaan Fellowship.

The orphanage was able to take in another 12 children and they named a dormitory after him.


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[…] off to Sri Lanka tomorrow.  You may remember my article about my Mum and her friends knitting 46 teddies to take with us to the orphanage.  Well, […]

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