Now that Cumbernauld Old’s support for the Life for African Mothers project has come to a natural conclusion, we thought it would now be appropriate to support new mothers and their children here in Cumbernauld through Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Baby Bank.
From now on, there will be a box in the vestibule of the church and the back of the hall at Balloch for donations. The ‘bank’ would appreciate anything suitable for babies or children up to 7 years of age, e.g.
Clothing doesn’t have to be new but should be in great condition and freshly laundered. Hand knits would also be appreciated.
Eilidh, Marie and mum Helen have been overwhelmed and thrilled by the wonderful donations of baby clothes knitted by members and friends of the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. They want to pass on their heartfelt thanks for all the time and effort that was put into knitting these beautiful clothes. The girls can’t wait to deliver the outfits and see babies wearing them when they go over in June.
The knitting from all the pupils going on the trip is being gathered together and divided among all the extra suitcases, so to allow time for that, could we ask that anyone still with knitting, to hand it in by 15th May.
We plan to hold an evening later in the year when the girls – and hopefully a member of the medical team – will come along and tell us about their experiences. Everyone will be most welcome. Thank you all so much once again.
Please note that if you cannot complete your knitting by 15th May, don’t worry. We are still in contact with the Life for African Mothers project and we will pass any extra clothing on to them.
Earlier in the year we encouraged people to knit baby clothes for mothers in Africa who otherwise would struggle to keep their new-born babies warm when they leave hospital. The response from the congregation was tremendous and we have now had a note from Angela Gorman, the CEO of the Life for African Mothers charity, which reads:
“Just a little message to let you know that your donation of baby clothes is being shared between Liberia, with a shipment being collected tomorrow, the Congo, with a van coming to pick up a shipment by the end of this week, while another shipment is going to orphanages in Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria where newborn babies are abandoned because of poverty. The beautiful quilts are going to the orphanage as the babies will have them with them on a longer-term basis – their very own quilt! Thank you again and very best wishes, Angela.”
Calling all knitters again! You all did such a great job in producing beautiful garments for our “Life for African Mothers Project” that we want you to get those needles busy again.
The daughters of one of our members are going to Malawi next year as part of their school programme. They have been allocated an extra suitcase allowance and tasked with filling it with baby clothes to take out with them.
When Helen Urquhart heard about the tremendous success of our previous project, she asked if we would be willing to help the girls fill that suitcase. Baby jackets, cardigans, hats and bootees of any pattern or colour would be much appreciated.
Wool will be available shortly – keep an eye on the vestibule (or at the back of the Hall at Balloch). In the meantime, if you have any questions, just speak to Elizabeth (726451) or Ivy (728063).
A HUGE vote of thanks to everyone at Cumbernauld Old who responded to our appeal for hand-knits and baby clothes for the Life for African Mothers charity.
The appeal is now closed and we have exceeded all our expectations: thanks to everyone who helped we filled 12 large boxes full of absolutely beautiful baby items, not six as we had initially hoped for. We are currently investigating ways of having these shipped to the charity’s base in Bristol – free of charge, of course!
Thanks, too, to Elizabeth Snedden and Anne Morrison for all their efforts in setting up this appeal.