Hats flood in for Welwyn Hatfield Times backed military campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:25 31 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:25 31 July 2013

Jonny Ball and his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan

Jonny Ball and his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan


HATS have begun flooding in for a Welwyn Hatfield Times backed campaign, which will support soldiers on their last Afghan tour.

Wel Hats will see beanies knitted by folk sent overseas to the legendary Desert Rats as they brave the inhospitable Helmand Province for the final time.

Jonny Ball, who has served in Afghanistan, organised the drive after being inspired when his aunt sent him and his mates hats on his tour of duty.

The army interpreter, who is MP Grant Shapps’ constituency officer, said: “Hats have already started to appear at our distribution centre in Maynard House, Hatfield and lots of local 
groups have jumped at the chance to get involved including Jimmy Macs, Hatfield, YMCA Space and WGC strong, both based in WGC.

“We even have offers of wool from a kind lady who runs a knitting shop in Hitchin.

“Knitting workshops are soon to be launched, but we could always do with people willing to help on a Thursday late afternoon-evening, to teach, knit and natter.”

On alternate Thursdays at Hatfield’s Maynard House, special knitting classes have been arranged to help volunteers get involved with the military millinery scheme.

MP Mr Shapps also tried his hand at knitting last week.

To get involved simply log on to www.welhats.com to find a knitting pattern and more information.

Once they have been completed, drop them off at Maynard House, The Common, Hatfield, Al10 0NF.

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