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Armley: Why Kathleen, 95, is the big knit

By Andy Dalton

Dozens of beautiful scarves have been knitted and donated to an Armley charity.

95-year-old Kathleen Williams has mobility problems and rarely leaves her home. However she is putting her time and hobby to good use as she is a keen knitter. 

In recent times she has knitted over 40 beautiful scarves and donated them to the Christmas pop up charity shop project at the Leeds City Mission.  

In the run up to Christmas volunteers at the City Mission are selling items such as gifts and cards at low prices. The project is designed to help people on low incomes make the most of the forthcoming Christmas season. It will also generate funds for other City Mission compassion projects.

The scarves have been tastefully wrapped in cellophane and tied with coloured ribbon. Each one has a label inscribed with the words Hand-knitted with love by Kathleen, aged 95 years.

Leeds City Mission spokesperson Dagmar Truman said: “Kathleen is a committed supporter of the City Mission. Her knitting talents are awesome. We are grateful for these fantastic scarves and all her hard work. They will make excellent Christmas gifts.”

Dagmar added that advancing years does not mean inactivity. “Everyone has a talent which can be put to good use for the benefit of others,” she said.

Leeds City Mission is located in the Mission Room in Mistress Lane near Armley Library. In the weeks leading upto Christmas it will be open 10.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday (not Wednesdays). More details on 0113 345 3118. The Mission is a multi-church Christian agency which has worked with marginalised people since 1837 and seeks to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of Leeds residents.

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