Newborn babies in Africa, many of them suffering from AIDS are being called “fish and chips babies” because many are sent home from hospital wrapped in newspaper for warmth. A voluntary community group in MBNA, Carrick-on-Shannon who run internal and external activities for their adopted charities and staff decided last January to knit jumpers, blankets and beanie hats for these newborn babies in Africa. The initiative proved very successful with extended family and friends getting involved once they heard of this worthwhile project. Expert knitter MBNA Associate Barbara Noone (who is not in this picture) assisted the group with the patterns and needlework so a big thank you from the entire group for her expertise and patience.
Some of the knitting group in the picture as follows- Teresa Carroll, Jo Purkis, Geraldine Conlon, Susan Eccles, Francis Egharevba, Marina Scally, Deirdre Purcell, Grace Hayes and Katrina Bouchier. Photo: Willie Donnellan