Warm Moray welcome for refugees
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REFUGEES arriving in Moray will each be given a handmade blanket as a lovingly-made symbol of welcome.
Burghead Craft Group appealed for help to knit or crochet squares to be sewn together into the bright and cosy covers.
Organiser Anne Milligan said no-one expected the quantity, with squares arriving in the post, in person and out and about in the community.
She said: “There are roughly 55 blankets, each made up of dozens of squares. We had great support from the church of Burghead and Alves with Kinloss and Findhorn.
“Then it was announced in the paper and ladies from Lossiemouth got in touch to say they were knitting. A friend from Manchester sent up a bag of squares and some ladies made a full blanket themselves. Friends from the BALL (Be Active Life Long) group also got involved.
“I was receiving bags with squares in the post but no letters in with them, so you didn’t even know where the squares came from. It has been incredible.
“I just want to thank everyone for the support.”
Reverend Shuna Dicks accepted the blankets yesterday (Thursday) on behalf of the group set up locally to help the refugees that will arrive in Moray, having fled danger.
Rev Dicks, parish minister at Aberlour and Craigellachie, said: “The Moray Supports Refugees group is going to use these blankets as part of welcome packs we want to give to refugee families as they arrive in Moray.
“Each person in the family will receive one of these beautiful blankets, so adults will get the bigger ones and children and babies the smaller ones.
“It is such a lovely gift to give – the kindness and love knitted into each blanket is very symbolic it seems to me. They are just a joy and will be a key part of the welcome packs.
“We will explain to the families that these have been handmade by people in the community as a gesture of welcome.”
It is anticipated that an announcement will come within the fortnight as to when Moray might expect to welcome the first refugee families to the local area.
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