School’s top young knitters

Cundall Manor Year 5 and 6 pupils with teachers Sophie Harris and Paula Kuit and some of the squares they have knitted for Aids orphans in South Africa. (S)
Cundall Manor Year 5 and 6 pupils with teachers Sophie Harris and Paula Kuit and some of the squares they have knitted for Aids orphans in South Africa. (S)
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Pupils at a North Yorkshire school have been busy with their knittiing needles – helping make blankets for Aids orphans in South Africa.

And their efforts have put them in lead position, nationally, in the charity Knit-A-Square Appeal.

Youngsters at Cundall Manor School, near Boroughbridge, were taught to knit and crochet as part of the craft group in the after-school Adventurers scheme.

So far, they have knit more than 2,000 squares to make into blankets.

The school’s most prolific knitter is nine year old Zoe Cox who, as well as acting as a mentor to other children, recruited her mother and grandmother to help her create more than 50 squares.

Teachers Paula Kuit and Sophie Harris, who headed the campaign, said: “The first challenge was teaching the children to knit and crochet, but once they had mastered it, they were very enthusiastic.

“Both the boys and the girls have loved being involved and seeing their work grow.”

Cundall’s headmaster, Peter Phillips said: “The children have worked exceptionally hard, motivated by the very real hardships the children of South Africa are facing. We are also very grateful to the support from pupils’ families and the wider community who have been so generous with their time and skills.”