Help keep Edna in wool

Edna needs some wool.
Edna needs some wool.

A call has been made for wool to be donated to an Alnwick woman who knits jumpers for needy children around the world.

Age UK Northumberland is putting out a plea to the local community to help 93-year-old Edna Roberts keep knitting.

Edna, who moved to Alnwick nine years ago and now lives in Anchor Housing’s St Paul’s Court, attends Age UK Northumberland’s day centre there every Thursday.

Not one to sit and watch TV or do nothing, Edna loves the activities put on in the sessions and in-between she is never far from her knitting needles.

Creating at least two jumpers a week, Edna gives the knitwear to St Michael’s Church in Alnwick where missionaries take them to needy countries, including Slovenia.

Edna has photos and thank-you notes from the children at the orphanage that got her last lot of jumpers.

But her wool is running out. And so Age UK Northumberland is helping Edna by putting out the word and inviting people to come to the day centre on a Thursday morning to have a coffee and drop in some wool.

Day centre coordinator, Emma Hart, said: “It’s amazing to see Edna knit and create lovely jumpers that do so much good.

“She is popular among the attendees of the day centre and loves joining in the games and sing alongs. She moved here nine years ago from Chester to be near her daughter who runs Bow House B&B in the town. She has lots of family but loves her independence.

“It would be really great if we could all help her by donating more wool to her cause.”

Edna has been a widow for 40 years after her husband died, aged 51.

She said: “I am lucky – I have family, I am busy, I have a hobby that helps others. I love living here, I had a house before but this is so much better and I just couldn’t imagine life without my friends at the Age UK Northumberland day centre. I wish it were on every day!

“At the moment my stock of wool has run very low and I would like to do a new batch to send to another orphanage, so any donation would be very welcome.”