Knitting group’s efforts click with Malawian mums

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A ‘close-knit’ group from Cupar has handed over hundreds more garments to a charity that helps poverty-stricken new mums in Africa.

The Dorcas Group, based at Cupar Baptist Church, was visited recently by Mike Beresford, UK director of the Zambesi Mission, which works in Malawi and Mozambique.

The members gave him another 350 knitted babygrows, hats and blankets – bringing the total to more than 1500 garments and 100 blankets since the group was established about two years ago.

They also presented him with a cheque for £510 to help with transport costs.

Mr Beresford had just returned from Malawi and told the group its efforts made ‘a huge difference’ to the new mothers, who are often so poor that their newborns have to be wrapped in paper.

He said that, in some of the larger hospitals, around 100 babies are born each week, and the items were ‘deeply appreciated’ and needed on an ongoing basis.

The group meets every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm in Cupar Baptist Church and members enjoy a blether while they knit.

“I’m deeply impressed at the generosity those local people who, without much thought for themselves, give up something, be it time or resources, to help a wee one from far away they’ll likely never meet,” said Rev Tim Power.

A Christmas-themed coffee morning is to be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the church from 10.30am to 12.30pm to support the Dorcas Group’s work.