Knitting together in appeal support

Ladies of Brae Court who have knitted baby items for Romania appeal.
Ladies of Brae Court who have knitted baby items for Romania appeal.

From the oldest to the youngest, the Journal and Gazette’s Romanian Appeal has really touched the hearts of everyone.

This week saw the residents of Brae Court sheltered housing in Linlithgow hand over a huge quantity of hand-knitted goods to Anne Wilkinson to help support babies in Romania.

The tenants at Brae Court meet in the lounge on a Wednesday afternoon to knit or crochet and chat.

Having seen the appeal story in the Journal, they decided to donate the product of their work to the appeal .

Rena Kirton-Vaughan, manager of the sheltered housing complex, said: “The tenants at Brae Court are always very generous and keen to help people less fortunate than themselves.

“It’s a way of saying thank you for the help they get from the community and it’s also important that they feel they are an integral part of that same community.”

Running since March, the appeal has been a huge success, way beyond all possible expectations.

Anne Wilkinson said: “An average monthly wage in Romania is £300 while state benefits average £30 per month.

“Some adults starve for 48 hours with no food just so the children can be fed.

“It doesn’t take much to tip a family which is just coping financially into despair and an inability to provide.

“It really amazes me how so many different age groups and individuals have got behind this appeal. I really didn’t think it would ever have been so successful.”

The appeal drop off points are still open at:

l Bo’ness Recreation Centre, Gauze Road, Bo’ness.

l Linlithgow Library, 7 The Vennel, Linlithgow.

lJournal and Gazette office, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth.