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Tanzanian medical student meets community knitters

Monday, 16 July, 2018
Tanzanian medical student meets community knitters

A medical student from Tanzania has met people in Northumberland who are involved in knitting garments for families in her home country and further afield.

Charlene Fernandes took time out from her placement at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to meet Margory White, from Knit ‘n’ Natter which crafts the garments, and Laurie Murray of Amble Pin Cushion which co-ordinates the knitwear.

Brenda Longstaff, head of charity and international partnerships at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Knit ‘n’ Natter is one of the many community groups across Northumberland which we support to lovingly craft garments for people less fortunate than ourselves living overseas.

“We’re indebted to them for the many hours they spend crafting these beautiful garments and would like to thank everybody involved.

“It is fantastic to watch our NHS volunteers give these out in our link hospital in Tanzania, and other developing countries, and see the sheer joy and appreciation on the faces of those who gratefully receive them – it really is something special.

“We’re pleased that the medical students from Tanzania were able to take this opportunity to meet members of the group while spending time in our trust.”