Malawi trip for appeal co-ordinator to see charity in action

Orphaned and young children in rural communities in Malawi are set to have a warmer winter, thanks to residents in a group of Shropshire care homes.

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One hundred blankets and 20 baby wraps that have been handcrafted as part of Coverage Care’s Knit a Square for Malawi project were distributed to youngsters in schools and a maternity clinic around Lilongwe by one of the company’s administrators Kay Lennox last month.

Coverage Care residents taking part in the Knit a Square for Malawi project created more than 8,000 squares to join together to form the blankets and wraps.

The blankets were given to newborn babies and children, the majority of whom are orphans with very little clothing. They sleep on mud floors, so the blankets keep them warm at night during the winter.

The Coverage Care motto – Making Life Easier – was attached to each blanket and every child who received a blanket or wrap was given a photograph of the resident who had knitted it.

Kay, who is based at the Coverage Care headquarters in Shrewsbury, launched the Knit a Square project after being inspired by the Jolly Jumpers knitting group at Stone House in Bishops Castle.

She took the Africa trip visiting 18 villages during the two-week trip. Kay said it had been rewarding to see how the blankets were well received.

“At each village, I gave a presentation about how the blankets had been made and after each one, mothers and children came up to me saying how the Coverage Care motto had struck a cord with them.

“On the day I visited the maternity home, there were two newborn babies – both of whom now have a lovely wrap, lovingly made by residents from Woodcroft in Market Drayton.”

Coverage Care has donated £500 to the charity African Vision to deliver a further 150 blankets to communities in Malawi.

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