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Woolly Hugs. Supporting the Chernobyl Children's Project. Can anyone help us?

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 09-May-14 16:42:34

There will need to be a quick turnaround on this but we know hope we can do it!

We have been approached and asked if we can make Little Hugs for a group of teenagers coming over to Leeds for a recuperative holiday in the summer with the fabulous charity the Chernobyl Children's Project.

Each year these marvellous folk bring children over from Belarus who live in the most contaminated area near the Chernobyl reactor. It is in the summer, when the dust causes radiation levels to rise, that it becomes even more important for as many children as possible to leave their contaminated homeland for a few weeks of fresh air and clean food. The rates of childhood cancer are at 75%, the most common cancers being thyroid and leukaemia. Coming to the UK for a four week break increases their immunity against the awful disease by up to 3 years when they return home.

This year the group in Leeds (organised by an amazing Mumsnetter) are bringing twelve children who have had cancer and are now in remission. Sadly though there is a high chance of these children falling ill again. This summer there are four boys and eight girls coming, aged between 11 and 14. They all suffer living in such difficult conditions and with very little. How perfect it would be to make them each a Little Hug.

Here's how to help with this project.....

* We would like 12” squares in bright and cheery Stylecraft Special DK colours, but please AVOID bright green, bright pink, browns, greys, citron, fiesta and jaffa. This will help squares fit together more easily. Make for a boy, girl or in a non specific colour theme. We will be happy to accept 6” squares if making a 12” one feels too much.

* Crochet or knitted, 4mm hook or needles. No blocking and please sew in pesky ends.

* We can supply all yarn for this. Let us know if we can send to you.

* Our last posting is Saturday 14th June, so we have a fighting chance of getting the blankets ready to go to the children on their arrival in the UK.

* If anyone would like to donated funds to support this, we would be so grateful. Our paypal is, cheques and cash are very welcome too, just PM for the address to send.


We know together we can do this in time! On behalf of these children, a huge THANK YOU.

Pistey and Knotty X


KnottyLocks Fri 09-May-14 16:43:30


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-May-14 16:51:23

Hello smile

AnimalsAreMyFriends Fri 09-May-14 16:53:12

Bumping for you smile

I will do one for you - will put it in with the other bits I have to send you.

KnottyLocks Fri 09-May-14 16:55:15

Thank you thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-May-14 16:58:30

Oh Animals that's magic, thank you thanks

Dutchoma Fri 09-May-14 17:00:18

I could do some for you but am right out of Stylecraft. Happy to knit up what you send me.

plumchittering Fri 09-May-14 17:00:55

I've pm'd you Pistey x

BeertricksPotter Fri 09-May-14 17:02:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OwlCapone Fri 09-May-14 17:02:52

I can do this smile

KnottyLocks Fri 09-May-14 17:06:03

Oma, we'll get some to you thanks

Kveta Fri 09-May-14 17:07:38

will do my best to do a square at least, and pop it in the post with the squares for cathpip xx

Dutchoma Fri 09-May-14 17:11:18

Ok, let me know if you want me to do a whole hug and send it off direct? I'm very aware of postal costs

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-May-14 17:11:22

Thanks Kveta, Oma, Owl, plum and BeerTricks - that's brilliant


Grockle Fri 09-May-14 17:11:50

I'll do one. These colours ok?


Titsalinabumsquash Fri 09-May-14 17:12:33

I'll do one for you although I'm limited on colours, I have red, white tons of silver/grey or lilac.

Are any of those ok?

I can pop it in with Cathpips squares that are ready to go. thanks

seaweedhead Fri 09-May-14 17:12:48

Count me in! I've never joined in a woolly hug before so someone might need to give me some guidelines.

SeymoreButts Fri 09-May-14 17:13:45

I'm in!

KnottyLocks Fri 09-May-14 17:15:45

Trickle, yes lovely. Thanks x

KnottyLocks Fri 09-May-14 17:16:23

Grockle, not Trickle!

tribpot Fri 09-May-14 17:17:19

Count me in and am in Leeds if you need any co-ordination done here.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-May-14 17:18:27

Howl at Trickle grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-May-14 17:24:53

Thank you lovely trib will remember your kind offer x thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 09-May-14 17:26:44

seaweedhead Welcome on board smile wine

You a hooker or knitter?

seaweedhead Fri 09-May-14 17:31:25

A hooker grin

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