KIND-HEARTENED people have been busy crocheting and stitching together 14 blankets for those in need in Syria.

The blankets and varied granny squares have been created for Samara’s Aid.

The colourful creations were brought along to be displayed at St Mary’s Church in Fordingbridge last week, before they were blessed by Canon Gary Philbrick and sent to Syria.

Visitor Irene Greene, who had been inspired to create blankets for Syria in her community at Andover, came to share what she knew of life as it is in the Middle East where winter temperatures can drop to minus 10 degrees and many people are living under canvas or in ruined buildings.

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Help for this blanket challenge came from Fordingbridge and other villages in the Avon Valley, as well as from members of different churches and the community.

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The sum of £26.30 raised from refreshments will be sent to Samara’s Aid to help cover transport costs.

Avon Valley Churches congratulated Pat Bloomfield and her team and all those involved in supporting the work of this charity.

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