Visitors attending the Henderson Hub in Abbots Langley have been knitting baby wear and blankets for children in Malawi.
The project, running between April and May, saw over 100 items knitted destined for Malosa, a small community in Malawi which has suffered recent damage from a cyclone.
Henderson Hub collaborated with St Lawrence Church who is supporting St Luke’s Hospital and its local community in this desperately poor part of Africa. Keen knitters were busy making garments whilst drinking coffee in the shop for the past few months.
Trevor Baker from the Henderson Hub said: “We finished the project last Saturday (May 18) and they’ve been shipped to Malawi.
“St Lawrence Church has an alliance with a church and hospital in the region and our involvement was to respond to their call and knit clothes for babies in the maternity ward. The community has responded brilliantly.
“It was wonderful to see the ladies drinking coffee, chatting and knitting away. Some would even take their wool home to finish it before putting in on our washing lines in the hub ready to ship.”
The church purchases space in a shipping container from the United Society Partners in the Gospel in Birmingham. They have been filling space over the past few months with medical equipment, two wheelchairs, crutches, sports kits, footballs and much more to support the whole community.
Wendy Meldrum, who is part of the congregation at St Lawrence Church, has said a thank you message to everyone who knitted items.
She said: “Huge thank you everyone who got involved knitting – it was so beautiful. One lady was saying her keep fit group would go into hub after their workout, have a coffee and knit.
“It’s nice to think our small community in Abbots Langley has helped in a hugely significant way, to a community hundreds of miles away.
“They are so appreciative that our Abbots Langley cares enough to produce these things for people they don’t even know. The joy on their faces makes it all worthwhile – they would clap and cheer that our community has helped so many lives in one of the poorest parts of Africa.”