Tansley pensioner’s knitting sent to Nepal needy

Charity knitter Ann Lomas with Julian Hammond of the Rotary Club who collect the finished garments
Charity knitter Ann Lomas with Julian Hammond of the Rotary Club who collect the finished garments

A Tansley woman has joined forces with Matlock Rotary Club to send hand-knitted jumpers to victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Ann Lomas, 75, of The Knoll, heard on local radio about Rotary International’s involvement with the Nepal appeal and contacted them about sending her hand-knitted woollen jumpers to those in need.

Charity knitter Ann Lomas

Charity knitter Ann Lomas

John Shipman, of Matlock Rotary Club, then got in touch with Ann to let her know how the jumpers could be sent to the earthquake victims.

She said: “I had nothing to do at night so I thought I might as well do something useful.

“I’ve knitted about eight or nine jumpers and now I’ve moved on to hats. I have three children and I used to knit all their jumpers as well.

“I’ve been doing it since I was six years old, when my grandmother taught me, and now it makes me happy that I can use the skill to help others.”

Rotary club president, Peter Kidd, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to help Ann with her quest to send jumpers to the people of Nepal who have been badly affected by the earthquake.

“If anyone else wishes to provide jumpers, please contact us via our website.”

Later this month the jumpers will be taken to Nepal and distributed to the survivors, still desperately in need of clothing and provisions.

Rotary International is helping by co-ordinating aid from local rotary clubs around the world, including vital water filtration devices called Aquaboxes from a base in Wirksworth.