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Article from section published on April 23, 2013

KNITTERS NEEDED – Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund urgently need knitting volunteers

The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF), the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work for the Naval Services, is looking for knitters to volunteer their time and their spare wool to create small dolls for the charity.

As part of a sensitive new 2013 initiative called ‘Knit the Family’ the charity is focusing on the importance of knitting families back together when one of the parents returns from active military service.  Central to the initiative will be a support handbook aimed at providing practical help and guidance for the family in helping to overcome the effects of PTSD and OSR (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Operational Stress Reaction).

Royal Navy Dad and little girl

The charity is planning to distribute the book with the little knitted dolls that depict a generic parent and child holding hands to symbolise the importance of ‘knitting’ families back together…. But to do this they need volunteers to knit the small dolls.

Full details including the patterns can be found here:

Little Girl Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Royal Navy Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Royal Marine Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Materials Needed (pdf – free download)

Laughing Hens, the knitting website for all your knitting needs has kindly offered a 10% discount to those buying wool or other items to knit the small dolls when quoting ‘RNRMCF’ at the checkout.

The pattern for the dolls has been specially created by Fiona Goble, who published ‘Knit your own Royal Wedding’ in 2011 with Ivy Press who have kindly donated the pattern to the RN&RMCF.  Fiona Goble and Ivy Press have also published books such as Knit Your Own Zombie, Fairy Tale Knits and Farmyard Knits and recently a pattern to ‘Knit Your Own Royal Baby’.

Monique Bateman, Director of RN&RMCF says: “People are always incredibly generous towards our charity because everyone recognises the sadness, especially for children, caused by disharmony in the home.  Returning service personnel have much to contend with as do their families and what we are trying to achieve is a more seamless reintegration into family life. The little dolls are rich in symbolism and we desperately need volunteers to click their needles for us”

If you think you can help us by knitting a parent and child, please send your completed dolls to:

Natalie Lloyd
Spider PR
4 Leathermarket Street

For further information please contact:
Natalie Lloyd at Spider PR
020 7403 6900,

Visit our Knit the Family page to see more details.

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