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Welcome to our Chernobyl children project for 2016!!

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KnottyAndPistey Wed 02-Mar-16 16:30:35

Welcome to our Chernobyl project for 2016!! So glad to have you on board! thanks

For the last two years we have been making warm, comforting Little Hugs for Belarusian teenagers visiting the Leeds area for recuperative holidays during the summer with the fabulous charity the Chernobyl Children's Project. Photos from previous projects are here...

Each year these marvellous folk bring children who live in the most contaminated area near the Chernobyl reactor over to the UK. In summer, when the dust causes radiation levels to rise, 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 MNer) are again bringing older children/teens over who have had cancer and are now in remission. Sadly though there is a high chance of these children falling ill again. They all suffer living in such difficult conditions and with very little.

But we always want to do more, and through fellow Mumsnetters we have been in contact with two further groups. These are based in Billericay and Portsmouth, and support slightly younger children, and run by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline. In essence they do the same wonderful work in bringing children over for respite from the shocking conditions.

How perfect it would be to make them each a Little Hug.
So that’s 36 blankets! grin star star wine

With your help we know we can do this
<hooking frantically>

Please do join us, here’s how..

Crafting Information
* We would like 12" squares in bright and cheery Stylecraft Special DK colours.
* PLEASE AVOID bright green, bright pink, browns, greys, citron, sunshine, fiesta and jaffa. This will help squares fit together more easily.
* Make in a non-specific colour theme, for a boy or girl.
* 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.
* If needed, we can supply yarn. Let us know if we can send to you.
* If you are thinking about making a whole blanket, please contact us first, thank you x
* We are aiming for blankets which will be 48 inches by 60 inches.
* We have started earlier than previously, as the first group (Portsmouth) arrive in May.

Last posting of squares is Monday 11th April.
No later please as we have to get on and sort at the end of that week. Thank you.

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Supporting with funds
If anyone would like to donate funds to support this, we would be so grateful. Our paypal is . Cheques and cash are very welcome too, just PM for the address. We are grateful for every single penny.

Can anyone help with extras?
There are a few extras which we will be collecting too alongside squares, items which really help, if you would like to add in any of these we would love to receive them for the children, thank you, bless you.

* Pants adult size 8-10, 10- 12 and 12-14. New only*
* Adult size socks (one size fits all) new
* Adult vitamins
* Toothbrushes
* Hairbrushes
* Toiletries
* Good quality second hand clothing (inc pyjamas) age 10 - 13+
* Boys and Girls Underwear - Socks and Pants (10-13 yrs) New only*
* Sanitary Towels
* Plasters
* Vitamins
* Dry, long lasting and lightweight food (tea, coffee, dried soup, noodles)

star If you would like to add 50p in when you post squares for ice creams that would be so kind, we will split any money we receive between the three groups. star

What a big ask! Good grief!

But the fabulous Woolly Hug crew never fail to amaze, last year was an astonishing team effort, as the photo shows, we know that together we can do this.

On behalf of these children and their families, a huge THANK YOU.
Actually, thank you doesn't really come close.

Us xxx

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fanjodisfunction Wed 02-Mar-16 16:42:44

Wow woollyhugs you do so much you wonderful ladies!

Will crochet squares for u. Will pm and request wool. Little ds2 is sleeping better in the evenings so should also be able to crochet a blanket together for you too. Will look out for things to donate too.

ilove Wed 02-Mar-16 16:45:16

Thankyou xxx <sobs>

KnottyAndPistey Wed 02-Mar-16 19:33:28

Off to PM you, Fan thanks

KnottyAndPistey Wed 02-Mar-16 20:05:29

Thank you so much, we already have a lovely donor to thank

thanks Trailing Clouds Were really appreciate this, funds safely here. We will use some for ice creams, some for yarn, if that's ok. Thank you star

Bless your heart thanks

KnottyAndPistey Wed 02-Mar-16 20:05:45

<hugs ilove xxx

SpiralArchitect Wed 02-Mar-16 20:14:43

I will make some squares - I have some Stylecraft; will PM now flowers x

KnottyAndPistey Wed 02-Mar-16 20:36:13

Thank you so much xxxx

Ginxed Wed 02-Mar-16 20:58:27

I can rustle up some squares and may be able to hook a blanket together - can you let me when you'd need them done for?

I can provide some of the other stuff too, DH can get bargainous toiletries etc from the company shop at his work.

mmmmmmmmmmcake Wed 02-Mar-16 21:04:40

I am terrible at craft so will pay some money in. I have done it before under a different user name.
KnottyandPistey you are amazing 💜

KnottyAndPistey Wed 02-Mar-16 22:22:11

Ginxed Thank you so much. thanks

Last posting of squares to us is Monday 11th, which for us is the day of return to school after Easter.

We aim to sort the squares at the end of that week, and get kits to construction crafters around April 18th. Sending back to us no later than May 14th, how does that sound? xxx

Thank you cake that is amazing of you thanks xxx

mmmmmmmmmmcake Wed 02-Mar-16 22:24:15

Did it via PayPal.
Keep up the excellent work 💜

KnottyAndPistey Wed 02-Mar-16 22:24:59

We already have more fabulous donors to thank, honestly this is just marvellous, and the money will go a long way, thank you thanks

thanks RW star

thanks VW star

You are very lovely, you know? thanks

KnottyAndPistey Wed 02-Mar-16 22:26:02

Suspect one of those is you Cake

Thank you so much, truly marvellous, yarn will go to a crafter who will make something very beautiful for children from you both. Thank you. xxx

WhenDoISleep Wed 02-Mar-16 22:42:34

I'm in for a square or two

Mhw02 Wed 02-Mar-16 23:38:20

Very glad this project has come around again. Count me in!

KnottyAndPistey Thu 03-Mar-16 06:52:16

Thanks both so much. Do either of you need SSDK?


Ginxed Thu 03-Mar-16 07:39:10

I've pm'd, I can hook a hug together for you so feel free to send squares! Donor wool would be lovely though, cos then I can use my pennies to buy toiletries etc, will write DH a list grin

WhenDoISleep Thu 03-Mar-16 11:10:47

No thanks Pistey, I'm all set for wool.

KnottyAndPistey Thu 03-Mar-16 15:13:30

Thanks both, on it gin


Marcipex Thu 03-Mar-16 16:53:08

Getting started...have red, turquoise, mid-green....
I sent a small parcel to you today.

TheWombat Thu 03-Mar-16 17:36:18

I have plenty of SSDK and will try to do a few! Do they need to be standard unembellished 12" granny square in one colour, or are ones with flowers/stars etc on them acceptable?

Mhw02 Thu 03-Mar-16 18:07:55

It's okay, I've got my own Stylecraft. Not sure I'll manage a whole blanket this year - March is going to be pretty hectic for me at work, but if whole blankets have a longer deadline I should be able to manage?

Chippednailvarnish Thu 03-Mar-16 18:17:18

I'm not the world's best knitter, would striped squares in rib or stocking stitch be acceptable?

MrsHathaway Thu 03-Mar-16 20:05:36

Hope so, Chipped, because that's all I can manage too grinwink

Waiting for DH to get home so I can place an order on his Prime account. I'm a bit muddled by the colours you're not keen on, so I'm going to stick to blues and turquoises if that's right?

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