Monday afternoons are a chance to get crafty and creative for residents at Shaftesbury Court, a sheltered scheme in Farnborough, Hampshire.
Every week a group of nine residents at the Sanctuary Shaftesbury scheme get together for a cup of tea and a chat, and knit, craft or sew a variety of practical items which they give to charity.
Some of the knitted garments are sent to Bliss, the special care baby charity for premature babies, and are collected and distributed to baby units all over the country. Knitted blankets meanwhile are sent to Strive to Survive and are distributed overseas and to third world orphanages.
Earlier in the year, the group had success at the Farnborough Festival of Art competition, where they won two trophies and three awards for their variety of soft toys, dolls, baby clothes, blankets and jumpers.
Resident and member of the arts and crafts group, Mary Andrews said: “It’s a great way to spend afternoons with the neighbours, especially during the winter months when it is cold and dark outside and we are warm and snug clicking our needles and enjoying a chat and a cuppa.”