Although Aquabox closed down for August for packing, they were very busy sending out Aquaboxes containing £90,000 worth of water filters and humanitarian aid. These were mainly destined for Kerala, South India to help people cope with the devastating floods there. Boxes were also sent to Cameroon, where thousands of people have been displaced because of fighting between government forces, and non-state armed groups. People have been forced to flee from their villages, preventing them from farming their land, thus losing their livelihoods. Children, women, and elderly people are the most affected, and dependent on aid.
Aquabox has received further requests for aid from the Philippines, Eritrea, and the Yemen. Providing this emergency aid is very demanding on funds and resources and they would welcome any donations to help the work to continue. Our knitted goods are also appreciated, particularly in situations where people have lost all their possessions. We rely on our courier, Derick Perry to take our knitted goods to Aquabox, and sadly, he is now recovering from the recent loss of his wife Anne, so please remember him in your prayers. We are now able to begin supplying MHA with knee blankets and twiddle muffs. About 30 twiddle muffs, supplied by a knitting group at Sinfin have been taken to Willowcroft MHA at Spondon, by Richard and Jenny Dodson of Oakwood. They visit regularly, as Richard plays the organ for a service there. They report that the residents received the twiddle muffs with great joy, thinking that Christmas had arrived. Items for Willowcroft may be left at Oakwood Church for Richard and Jenny to deliver. Barbara Sims will also receive goods for MHA at Mickleover Methodist Church, and she is in the process of taking 20 blankets, and 10 muffs to Maple Leaf House MHA, Ripley. Barbara also intends to take knitted items to Willowcroft. Our contact at MHA, Lesley France, sends the following message: ‘Thank you all, and keep knitting!’ If you are sending knee blankets, please make sure that they are the correct size – 28″ x 28″ (made up of 16 x 7″ squares), as other sizes are not suitable.
I shall not now be away from Derby for the next few weeks, helping my sister, as her operation has been postponed, and I hope that the knitting continues to flourish. Many thanks to you all for your efforts, which bring comfort to many, both at home and abroad.
DOROTHY ROBINSON (Co-ordinator)