Wellingborough and Rushden blanket appeal has winter stitched up

The Wellingborough and Rushden Macmillan fundraising group has been knitting blankets to give to cancer patients at Northampton General Hospital

The Wellingborough and Rushden Macmillan fundraising group has been knitting blankets to give to cancer patients at Northampton General Hospital

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An army of volunteers has helped knit more than 100 blankets for people being treated for cancer in the county.

The Wellingborough and Rushden Macmillan Cancer Support group launched its blanket appeal to run throughout the year.

Squares could be any colour or pattern and a team of knitters have helped produce 110 completed blankets as well as enough squares for a further 90 blankets to keep patients across the county warm.

Church groups, retirement homes and individuals have all been busy with their knitting needles.

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire sent volunteers into schools to teach children how to knit so they could get involved, and news of the appeal even spread as far as a church in Basingstoke which sent a box of squares.

The blankets were handed over to Rhian Langford, Macmillan information and support lead at Northampton General Hospital, and it is hoped additional blankets will go to Kettering General Hospital in the next few weeks.

Rhian said: “Many people going through cancer treatment feel extremely cold and this has a knock-on effect with the need for extra heating and the rising cost of utility bills at a time when money may be short. At this time of year we all begin to feel the cold more and a cosy blanket can be a real help if you feel the cold more than normal because of treatment.”

Sally Fordyce from the Wellingborough and Rushden group said: “This campaign has succeeded beyond any of our dreams – we had no idea how many people would want to get involved. We have people helping us to sew the squares together and we would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Support also came from Scott Bader which allowed staff to use their volunteering days to sew the squares together.