Ley Gardens group ‘Knit and Natter’ their way to £800 donations for local organisations

29th March, 2023
Knit & Natter group donate £800 to local organisations
John Avery (Ring and Ride), Judy Winkworth (Church Stretton Dementia Support Group), Steve Ricketts (Strettonia Boxing Club), Ken Southern (Church Stretton Town FC) joined the Knit & Natter group for a presentation ceremony

A Church Stretton-based Knit and Natter group have raised and donated over £800 to local community organisations, including Ring and Ride, Church Stretton Town Football Club, Strettonia Boxing Club and Church Stretton Dementia Support Group.

The Knit and Natter group, who meet at Ley Gardens Independent Living Scheme in Church Stretton every Thursday, recently organised a sale of their knitted crafts to raise money for local organisations having a positive impact on the community.

Sandra Heyward, Head of Knit & Natter, presented these kind donations to representatives of the four community groups at a ceremony held at Ley Gardens on Monday.

Ken Southern, President of Church Stretton Town FC, said: “We couldn’t be more grateful for this generous donation, which we have put towards purchasing new footballs and training equipment for our squads. It is fantastic to feel the sense of community spirit groups like Knit and Natter encourage.”

Ring and Ride, part of the Strettons Mayfair Trust, provides door-to-door transport within a six-mile radius of Church Stretton and is in high demand among the town’s retired population.

John Avery, representing Ring and Ride, added:

“A huge thank you must go to Knit and Natter for this donation. While part-funded by Shropshire Council, Ring and Ride relies on donations like these to subsidise the ever-rising fuel and maintenance bills the service faces.”

Church Stretton Dementia Support Group will use the donation to further their incredible work supporting those in the community who are suffering from dementia. Strettonia Boxing Club, a popular local boxing gym encouraging all ages to get involved with sport and exercise, also gratefully received their donation.

Knit and Natter always bring laughter and smiles with them to the community room here at Ley Gardens and its wonderful to see them share that positive impact with other local community groups.
Donna Gwilt, Independent Living Coordinator

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