Over 8,000 jumpers knitted for African babies

Dunnottar Parish Church has teamed up with Sainsbury’s Garthdee has teamed up with on a unique

knitting initiative to support children in Africa.

The church, in Stonehaven, set up an initiative to knit jumpers in January, which are then sent to Africa to support new-born babies who have been diagnosed with Aids. Over the last few months, Sainsbury’s Garthdee have lent their support to the campaign and it’s become a huge success with over 8,000 jumpers being handed in into the store by customers.

Colleagues invited customers to pick up a knitting pattern for small “fish & chip baby” jumpers that can be produced from left over wool. The completed jumpers are to be sent on to Africa for new born babies that are often sent from hospital wrapped in just newspaper, as mothers cannot afford to buy clothing.

Sainsbury’s Garthdee Store Trainer, Denise McRae said: “When we launched the fish & chip babies scheme we expected to get a few hundred jumpers but to receive over 8,000 jumpers is just such a fantastic number – the response from our customers has been unbelievable”.

The jumpers will now be taken to Dunnottar Parish Church in Stonehaven, where they will then be taken on a converted boat by Raventrust from Macduff to Mayalwi to be distributed.