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Public “Knit and Natter” after overwhelming response to Erddig blanket challenge for charity

A project to knit and crochet blankets for a local charity has received an “overwhelming response” – with members of the public invited to help get the blankets ready for Christmas.

Earlier this year the National Trust in north east Wales – which oversees Chirk and Erddig Hall – teamed up with Home-Start Wrexham to provide special days out at the two sites.

The organisation itself supports families with young children facing tragedy and hardship to deal with the challenges they face, supporting parents as they learn to cope, improve confidence and build better lives for their children.

More recently a project called ‘A throw for you’ was launched between Erddig and the charity, with knitted and crocheted squares donated to help make blankets for Home Start families for Christmas.

Hundreds of squares have been flooding in since, with staff, volunteers and and various community groups stitching the designs together to make the blankets.

However the site has been so overwhelmed with donations that members of the public are being invited to a ‘Knit and Natter’ at Erddig on Tuesday 16th October.

Taking place between 11am and 3pm public are asked to help start stitching all the squares together and lend a helping hand to get all the blankets ready for Christmas.

There will be some wool available to knit or crochet a square, as well as seeking visitors’ help to sew up the blankets.

Pam Hoyle, Home-Start scheme manager said: “It’s a great idea to offer a sign of friendship to families and give them something cosy to snuggle under in the winter. Thank you to everyone for getting involved.”

If anyone can’t make it on the day, but would still like to get involved, the Erddig team is collecting 15 x15 cm squares ready to be made into blankets up until mid-December.

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