Care home’s Knit2gether group create warm clothes for the local homeless and vulnerable.

While many of us are dressing down for the warmer weather, people at a Bournemouth care home have been busy knitting woolly hats, gloves and scarves.

Colten Care’s Avon Cliff in Christchurch Road, has been hosting a Knit2gether group for members of the community and home residents for over two years and the knitters have been putting their talents to good use to help the Hope for Food charity.

The natty knitters’ latest efforts produced 14 sets of hats, scarves and mittens in an array of colours, which the charity will distribute to homeless people and disadvantaged families this winter.

Hope for Food was founded in 2012 with the aim of providing basic essentials on a day to day basis to people in need of help due to the current economic climate.

The charity currently runs five soup kitchens each week catering for about 80 people each time and also provides up to 90 food parcels to families referred to it through schools and agencies such as Social Services.

Sharon Surgeon, Avon Cliff Companionship Team leader said: “The knitting group was deeply touched when they heard about the great work which is being done by Hope for Food to help so many local, struggling people.

“They wanted to help too, so they decided to get their needles out and create some items for when the weather turns cold again.”

Sharon continued: “We are extremely impressed by what they have achieved and I know they are very pleased to know they will be helping to keep needy people warm during the colder months.”

Avon Cliff manager Lucy Yao said: “I was amazed at the quality and quantity of the knitted items the ladies have produced over the last few months and hope that they continue with their fantastic work.”

The home is also setting up a donation box for dry goods and tins so residents and their families can continue to help the charity in the future.

Mary Duncan from Hope for Food said: “I was delighted to come and meet with the Knit2gether group and to explain to both them and the other residents about the work we do.

“Both the homeless and local families have benefited from the beautiful warm clothing produced by this hardworking group of knitters.

“We are an entirely volunteer-run charity and everything we do is possible only through donations as we receive no other funding.  Hope for Food thanks them all for their continued support.”