Barry knitters, in partnership with Care & Repair Cymru, are organising a knit bomb celebration at Barry Library from 12-4pm on Friday 21st April. The group have decorated a memorial tree which is in the Library garden with knitted pears, leaves and colourful squares .
Natalie McCulloch, spokesperson for Barry Knitters says:
“ In mythology the wild pear represents `good health, happiness and a long life’. We all felt that this was exactly the message that we would like our event to promote, so we have created the Care & RePEAR tree to get this message across and to raise awareness of how Care & Repair helps older people in Wales to live healthy, happy, independent lives by ensuring their homes are warm, safe and suitable adapted .”
Melanie Weeks at Barry library is delighted to be hosting the event:
“We are always looking for new ways to encourage people to use the library and we really like the idea of brightening up the memorial tree with some knitting. The event is aimed at young and old because good health, happiness and long life are important to everyone. Our staff are joining by telling stories that feature the pear tree and asking people who come along to make a paper flower with a wish for the future and plant it in the back garden.”
The organisers are inviting the public to join them under the Care and RePEAR tree, to take part in some knitting or to share some tea and home baked cake. Activities will also include storytelling, a treasure hunt, making a `wish for the future’ and planting it on a flower in the garden, Haiku workshops, a chance to meet some sheep, see a spinning wheel in action and a performance by Porthkerry Community Choir at 2pm.
Care & Repair Cymru works in partnership with 13 local Care & Repair agencies to provide a Wales wide service which helps over 40,000 older people very year. The service includes a home visit and a `healthy homes check’. Caseworkers and technical officers will together on making sure that the home is safe, warm and suitably adapted. The charity also campaigns to Fight Fuel Poverty which causes around 2,000 excess deaths in the winter months. The Knit Bomb event is to raise money for a Fighting Fuel Poverty hardship fund which will pay for heating and insulation to help those who are struggling to get help from elsewhere.
For more information visit www.careandrepair.org.uk or contact Care & Repair Cymru fundraising officer Sheleagh Llewellyn Sheleagh.firstname.lastname@example.org 02920674830.