Easter fun day to support project for African appeal

Coverage Care’s Oswestry care home will host a fun day this Easter to raise vital funds to ship much needed blankets to orphaned children and other vulnerable people in Africa.

Funds raised at the event at New Fairholme, in Shrewsbury Road, on April 4 will pay for the transportation of hundreds of blankets, created by residents of the home and others run by Coverage Care through its ‘Knit a Square for Malawi’ project.

The fun day will run from 10am to 3pm and include a blind auction, face painting, stalls, raffle and tombola, refreshments, and a knit and natter session. The Easter Bunny will also put in a special appearance.

Gaynor Cook, one of the original founders of the charity African Vision Malawi that will distribute the blankets, will open the event.

Sarah Parsloe, former Country Manager for African Vision Malawi, who recently spent three years in Malawi managing the charity’s projects, will join her.

Coverage Care’s Kay Lennox, who has spearheaded the Knit a Square for Malawi project, said: “We would appeal to as many people as possible to support the fun day so we can raise as much money as possible to transport the blankets.

“Residents at our 15 homes have created more than 8,000 squares so far that have been knitted into blankets. We need now to raise funds to enable us to get these lovingly made blankets to the children and other vulnerable people who are in desperate need.”

Gaynor Cook said: “Coverage Care residents have done a brilliant job in knitting the blankets. We aim to send one or two 30kg cases a year, which would be around 350 to 400 blankets in total. It costs about £300 to ship each case and deliver the blankets locally.

“Many children in Malawi are orphans with very little clothing and no bedding. There are also a number of very vulnerable disabled people. They all sleep on mud floors, so a blanket will help them to keep warm at night and prevent illness.

“By supporting an event like the one at New Fairholme on April 4, people will be making a massive difference to the quality of life and health of Malawian orphans and other vulnerable people.”

Coverage Care’s ‘Knit a Square for Malawi’ follows on from the successful Jolly Jumpers knitting group, which began at the Stone House residential home in Bishops Castle knitting jumpers for children in Malawi.

For more information about African Vision Malawi, formerly known as the Landirani Trust, and to donate please visit www.africanvision.org.uk.

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