Knitting duo help out needy children

Violet Howlett and Nancy Buxton, both over 85, have spent the last year knitting hats and scarves for children in poor countries as part of the Samaritan's Shoebox appeal.
Violet Howlett and Nancy Buxton, both over 85, have spent the last year knitting hats and scarves for children in poor countries as part of the Samaritan's Shoebox appeal.
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PROLIFIC knitters Nancy Buxton and Violet Howlett have spent the last year creating more than 50 hats and scarves for the Samaritan’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Nancy, 85, and Violet, 88, have been best friends since both of them moved into Hillcrest Residential Home in Bury St Edmunds two years ago.

On Wednesday, Doreen Seager, who organises the collection of shoeboxes, popped in to show the ladies what the completed shoeboxes looked like.

Doreen has already collected more than 120 of the boxes for the appeal already, all of which go to needy children around the world.

Nancy said it was lovely to finally see how her knitwear was boxed up.

“We sit next to each other and knit all the time,” Nancy said.

“It is wonderful to see the shoeboxes all finished and wrapped up.

“I would love to see the children’s faces when they open them.”

Doreen said: “I collect all sorts of things from people - toothpaste, pens, pencils, drawing books, clothing, toys - and pop them in a shoe box.

“I have around 120 of them in my attic already. The two ladies have been doing their knitting for about a year now, they make such a difference.”

If you would like to help Doreen in her shoebox gift collection contact her on 01284 810 213.