Royal Effort Knitting for Local Charities

The Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild have been announced as charity partner for this year’s Loch Ness Knit Fest and already crafting enthusiasts are out with their needles to knit for the cause. The Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild has been helping charities right across the UK with new clothing, bedding, linen and especially beautiful knitted items since 1882. Each autumn, all knitted garments are taken to St James's Palace in London to be counted and sorted before they are sent to those in need across the country. Last year the charity distributed over 22,000 items to 62 different charities.

The Loch Ness Knit Fest team learned about the Guild through the work of Tain based Guild supporter Etta Brown who was awarded the BEM last year for knitting thousands of items for Scottish Charities since joining the charity in 1990.  

Etta, a nimble fingered 92 year old, knitted her first sock when she was eight years old and has maintained momentum ever since while encouraging other knitters to help along the way.  Setting an example to us all, Etta said “I meet ladies who say that their fingers have become too stiff to knit, but I tell them that if they don’t stop knitting their fingers will stay supple”.  Hearing that the Guild is to benefit from this year’s Loch Ness Knit Fest, Etta was delighted “the hospices, Women’s Aid centres, the homeless and children’s charities across Scotland and the UK will receive the beautifully hand crafted clothing and blankets – special new items which make such a difference to those in real need”.

Guild Chairman, Majella Foster, who hopes to attend the Festival in October commented “I am really looking forward to seeing first hand the art and skills that will help create really special items for charities that the Guild helps – for someone in need to be given a really beautiful new item made specially for them can literally make a world of difference”.

The Children’s Hospices Across Scotland said that “looking after young children is very hard and when a child’s life has been shortened, all the help from everyone is so much appreciated.  In the Hospice, the knitted garments are very sought after – when the darkest day comes it is nice to know that people have cared for our children with their kind gifts of knitting”. 

Especially local to Inverness, the Special Baby Unit at Raigmore hospital said that “all the knitted items are wonderful, they help parents and babies so much. Some premature babies do not have anything so the small items give huge pleasure to families.  All donated items are gratefully received and will be well used”.

Loch Ness Knit Fest is supported by Heathrow Airport, The Highland Council, HIE, Inverness Common Good Fund and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. The annual festival brings together knitters from all over the world and it’s great to see such a worthy cause benefiting from the event. If you’d like to know more about how you could be involved in the knitting efforts for the Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild please contact ask@lochnessknitfest.com. All are encouraged to come along to Loch Ness Knit Fest (13-15th Oct), Scottish presidents from the charity will be at the event to gather the donations from festival goers knitting for the cause. 

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