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World record crochet attempt for Syria

Knitters in Wendover are in action today.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:55am 22nd February 2020. 2-minute read.

World record crochet attempt for Syria

A marathon effort to crochet enough to keep those suffering in Syria is happening in Wendover today.

A whole team have got together to try and break the world record for the longest crochet marathon at St. Mary's Church in the town.

Knitters are invited along to make hats, scarfs and mittens to try and save lives from the cold hitting Syria.

Reverend Sally Prendergast said:

"We've been collecting yarn and making blankets and warm clothing to send to Syria, inspired by the 60 Million Trebles group.

"The news from Syria is grim and deteriorating. Night time temperatures in the north falling well below freezing, and every blanket, hat, scarf or pair of mittens, can literally save a life. 

"In addition - for those who can't crochet or knit - we're raising as much money as possible to refurbish schools. After 9 years of war, many Syrian children are deprived of a basic education due to a lack of safe spaces and resources.

"Without education, there will be no one to rebuild the country when - God willing - peace is achieved."

The schooling and delivery of blankets etc is guided and delivered by HIHFAD, a charity run by Syrians in the UK who know how and where the help is needed. 

The 60 Million Trebles group created a blanket of worldwide flags to mark their original project, to make blankets numbering 60 million crocheted treble stitches. The flag blanket visited St Mary's earlier in February and will be on display again throughout the marathon.

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