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LOVELY GESTURE: Croxley school gets knitting to support families thousands of miles away

 Published on: 30th March 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Little Green Junior School community in Croxley has stepped up to support families in Africa.

Having previously worked with Dame Helen Hyde, patron of the Rwandan Sisterhood, one teacher decided that she would knit blankets to support the charity.

Val Madden decided that after taking up knitting as a hobby years ago that it was time to put her skills to good use to help the children of Rwanda.

She said: “After meeting Dame Helen Hyde at Little Green School and finding out about the charity she was involved in, I decided to contribute by making some blankets to help the children of Rwanda.”

The blankets were then collected by Carolyn Routledge who works with Dame Hyde and used to work at the school, said the charity provides crucial support to pregnant women and new-borns.

She said: “It is normal for women to give birth at home supported by friends and neighbours which can result in many deaths of both mother and child. It is too expensive to deliver in a hospital. So we provide every pregnant woman with a mama pack which includes sterile cord clamp, scissors and gloves.”

Mr Roberts, headteacher at Little Green Junior School said that Val is a “hero” to the school and has helped children understand how they can make a difference.

He said: “At Little Green School we strive to ensure the children are aware of their rights as a member of our community and also their responsibilities to support the community both far and wide.

“Many of the older learners in our community are also the inspirations for the children and the rest of us. Val and Helen and Carolyn all continue to help us to see that we are all part of one big community and that you are never too small to make a difference.”

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