Welwyn Hatfield knitters send record numbers of hats to Syria

PUBLISHED: 17:10 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:10 13 December 2018

Pictured: Michelle King, Cllr Terry Mitchinson, Iain Mansfield, Mayor Barbara Fitzsimon, Grant Shapps MP, Antony Musk, Cllr Fiona Thomson & Cllr Peter Hebden. Picture: supplied

Pictured: Michelle King, Cllr Terry Mitchinson, Iain Mansfield, Mayor Barbara Fitzsimon, Grant Shapps MP, Antony Musk, Cllr Fiona Thomson & Cllr Peter Hebden. Picture: supplied

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Welwyn Hatfield knitters have outdone themselves in sending record numbers of hats and scarves to people experiencing turbulence in Syria.

The WelHats campaign saw an array of more than 2,500 hand-knitted items, the highest number ever, flood in for the victims.

It was another knitting tour-de-force for the people of Welwyn Hatfield.

The campaign, now in its fifth year, is organised by the borough’s Conservative group and Grant Shapps MP.

Items such as knitted hats, gloves and scarves have been handed in to their Hatfield headquarters over recent months, to be given to Hand in Hand for Aid and Development.

The charity transports the lovingly crafted items to internally displaced people or to children in Syrian hospitals.

Mr Shapps said: “It’s amazing to see how the WelHats campaign goes from strength to strength.

“Since our launch again in September we have had residents drop in hand-knitted garments by the bagload.

“It’s a real testament to the community spirit Welwyn Hatfield has, helping those in need.”

Borough councillor and Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Barbara Fitzsimon, thanked all the donors and added: “I want to thank all residents who took so much time out to knit these fabulous items.

“It will do such a lot of good as temperatures in Syria plummet at this time of the year.

“We look forward to starting this again next year.”

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