December 10 2013 Latest news:
By Ewan Foskett
Sunday, September 15, 2013
HUNDREDS of people have got behind a Welwyn Hatfield Times-backed campaign to knit woolly hats for soldiers in Afghanistan.
Wel Hats has seen young and old join together to create beanies for squaddies enduring the harsh reality of an Afghan winter.
Roughly 550 hats have been knitted for The Desert Rats who will be in the brutal Helmand Province for the final winter, before British troops withdraw.
Individuals and local groups, such as Friendship House and Jimmy Macs, have responded not only by knitting hats but also by donating wool, attending knitting workshops and spreading the message throughout the borough.
MP Grant Shapps’ constituency agent launched the military millinery campaign after a relative made him and his unit hats when he was serving in Afghanistan.
Former soldier Jonny Ball said: “Receiving these hats will be a huge morale booster for our troops. It is not just the warmth that the hat will provide throughout the winter months, but also knowing that they are being thought of back home and the love and care that has gone into making the hat.”
Wel Hats organisers thanked John, the wool man at Hatfield Market who has been supplying wool and collecting hats throughout the campaign so far, and Louise Smith, from Digswell, who has been running knitting workshops at Maynard House.
The campaign finishes on Armistice Day, but there are plans to launch Wel Hats again next year, for another cause.
n For more information to get involved visit website www.welhats.com or phone Jonny Ball on 01707 262632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org