Residents urged to once again support ‘fantastic’ WelHats campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:52 15 September 2017

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps with two knitters during last year's campaign.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps with two knitters during last year's campaign.


Welwyn Hatfield’s MP Grant Shapps has urged residents to get behind his campaign for supporting people trapped by the Syrian conflict.

The ‘WelHats’ scheme, returning for its fifth year, involves local residents knitting various woollen items including blankets, cardigans, gloves, jumpers and mittens. Donations of new unknitted clothing is also accepted.

Due to customs rules, the campaign is unable to accept secondhand items this year. Donations will be collected at Mr Shapps’ constituency office in Hatfield before being sent to Syria, via the Hand in Hand with Syria charity.

“Since we started this campaign we have been able to donate well over 10,000 items to worthy causes,” Mr Shapps said. “All this has only been possible due to the generosity of local people who have always supported this fantastic campaign.

“Winters in Syria are brutal, cold and very long. I hope that local residents will once again grab their knitting needles and get involved.”

Buthaynah Ahmed, head of communications for Hand in Hand with Syria, said: “We are very excited to hear that the WelHats campaign from the people of Welwyn Hatfield is back once again this winter.

“Last year, the WelHats campaign enabled us to distribute hundreds of unique, beautiful and warm hats and other knitted items to internally displaced people in Syria through the winter.

“Not only did the hats keep people warm during the cold winter months, but it also showed them that across the world they have friends and people who care for them.

“Thank you for your efforts and we look forward to seeing the hats this year.”

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