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Aberdeenshire community knitting project ends due to lockdown

By Kyle Ritchie

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A community knitting project which aimed to help some of the most vulnerable in the north-east this winter by contributing knitted garments to help keep them warm is ending early.

Live Life Aberdeenshire and partners in Aberdeenshire Community Planning have had to cease the Knit a Cosy Bosie project due to the current lockdown.

It was a chance for people to be kind to others in a time of need, with donations of knitted or crocheted items such as hats, scarves, lap blankets, pairs of socks or gloves in any colours or sizes sought.

Communities in Aberdeenshire donated knitted items for people in need this winter.
Communities in Aberdeenshire donated knitted items for people in need this winter.

A Live Life Aberdeenshire spokesman said: "Donations were made by booking a time slot at one of the library service’s Click and Collect locations, but the service has now stopped due to lockdown in line with national guidance.

"Since the launch of the project in October the number of donations knitted and crocheted by members of the community exceeded expectations.

"More than 1000 Cosie Bosies were donated and then distributed by third sector partners to those in need of a bit of warmth, comfort, and kindness this winter."

The groups that distributed the items were Ellon Parish Church; Ellon Reminiscence Group; Garioch Community Kitchen; Peterhead Fisherman’s Mission; Rosehearty Primary School; Home-Start North-East Aberdeenshire; Young at Heart Deeside; Deeside Compassion; The Larder, Stonehaven; Number One, Banchory; Quarriers; and Community Heart.

Donated items not distributed prior to lockdown coming into effect will be safely stored and gifted to third sector partners once restrictions have been relaxed.

The spokesman added: "Live Life Aberdeenshire and its community planning partners would like to say a big thank you to anyone who took part in the Cosy Bosie project.

"Given its success, partners are currently planning to repeat this activity next winter."

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