Over €1,000 raised for Newbridge's Meals on Wheels by local knitters

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Over €1,000 raised for Newbridge's Meals on Wheels by local knitters

Members of the Newbridge Knit and Stitch group

The Newbridge Meals on Wheels service recently received more than €1,000 from a group of local knitters who made and sold ‘Easter chicks’.

The Newbridge Knit and Stitch group, based at Newbridge library, sold the knitted chicks, complete with chocolate eggs, at the local Town Hall monthly market in March and April, along with some being sold privately through friends.

The venture was so successful that a total sum of €1,027 was raised and this was presented to Meals on Wheels representatives Mary Canty and Mary Brennan at Newbridge Library on Thursday, May 2.

Newbridge Meals on Wheels delivers around 40 meals a day, four days a week, to elderly people in the town and adjoining areas.

It also caters for up to 35 people daily at the local Day Care Centre, run under the auspices of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

While the organisation receives grant aid from the HSE, voluntary contributions are an essential element in meeting its annual operational costs.

Newbridge Knit and Stitch group, which meets each Thursday morning, is involved in a number of charity and community projects. In the past year, it received grant aid from Kildare County Council and has also been supported by the donation of wool from local people. The group expressed thanks to Evonne Boland and Deirdre Lane, co-founders of the Newbridge Town Hall market, for their co-operation in facilitating the sale of the Easter chicks, and to all those local people who supported the venture.

Newbridge Knit and Stitch group is currently preparing for the annual JuneFest yarn bomb and new participants are welcome to come along to the library any Thursday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm.