Published: 11/12/2018 19:00 - Updated: 11/12/2018 09:15

Merkinch knitters raise £10k for charity

Written byVal Sweeney


Merkinch knitters
Rosemary Thompson receives a certificate of appreciation on behalf of members from Ania Couston, shop manager of Carr Gorm.

A GROUP of women who knit for an Inverness charity shop have raised over £10,000 from the sale of their items which have gone global.

The group, whose members are mainly pensioners, meet for a couple of hours each week at the Merkinch Community Centre to knit and natter.

They donate the handknits – mainly jumpers and cardigans for babies and children – to the Carr Gomm charity shop in the Victorian Market.

The garments have proved popular especially with overseas visitors while sales over the years have raised over £10,000 for the charity which helps children and adults with a range of support needs.

Keen knitter Kay MacKenzie is a member of the group.

“It is amazing what we have done when you think about it,” the 78-year-old said.

“Some lovely garments have been knitted over the years. We all enjoy doing it. We have a great time and a good laugh.”

Between seven and 10 members attend the sessions.

“Carr Gomm supplies us with wool although we use our own, too,” said Mrs MacKenzie who learnt to knit at school.

Ania Couston, manager of the Carr Gomm shop, said the hand-knitted items were very popular.

“I think they are an absolutely amazing bunch of ladies,” she said. “They are remarkably talented.

“The Carr Gomm shop has been known for its baby knits for years and years.

“We have visitors from Canada, America, New Zealand and Australia who buy them.

“Between May and October we sell the biggest amount of baby knits when it is busy with tourists. They are going worldwide.”

Mrs Couston said the money raised was used to help a range of people in the area with various needs.

One young person with autism, for example, had been supplied with various household items to help him live independently while a young student in a wheelchair had been supplied with a laptop computer to help with her studies.

Two elderly people had also been provided with various aids to make day-to-day life easier.

“They are the things the government or the council don’t pay for – the extras to make life easier,” Mrs Couston said.

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