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Sunday Sevens Special – Crochet for Calais Update


This week I thought I’d do a Sunday Sevens Special updating you on the progress of the Crochet for Calais appeal, which is ongoing for those of you who would like to contribute a knitted or crocheted square or two.

Lee Godwin is the nurse who travels to Calais and Lesbos delivering the finished crocheted and knitted items directly into the hands of the refugees. 

Here is what she had to say, together with some photographs that she took of the refugees with some of the handmade blankets and hats: –

“Dear friends, I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get my Lesbos photos of your hat and blanket distribution uploaded. These children were so delighted with their hats, even more so because they were able to pick which one they really wanted. The children laughed at the funny faces and dangly ears! Fabulous trauma therapy! The weather was beginning to turn and the blankets were very much appreciated – the mothers held them and admired the beautiful stitching – 2 mums cried silently in gratitude after I explained how they were made ‘especially for them by a wonderful group of ladies in England’. I will be going back to Greece in late spring to support the now orphaned children, old, infirm and disabled. A special blanket may just contribute to mending broken hearted individuals. I will happily take more. All my love and sincere gratitude darling friends xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”  


The organiser, Jane Wheelen, says: –

“I really, really cannot express my gratitude to every single person who was able to give up their time to help make so many squares that were transformed into beautiful blankets, including wonderful anonymous people who read Sheila Harvey-Larmar’s blog (Sewchet) and generously sent squares by the post bag full. When the idea popped into my head in the middle of the night I didn’t realise what a wonderful thing it would become. I have a big bag of squares here that will be transformed into further blankets. If you have the time, please, please, keep knitting and crocheting and forwarding them to me. Lee Godwin’s photos show what a difference they make to the desperate lives of such innocent but traumatised children. In a world where they have nothing, it’s important to let them know someone really cares for them and to give them something of their own.”


From Lee Godwin:-

“I would just like to offer my deepest gratitude to friends and folks who have generously donated items for Calais. I am excited to say on last count we had 200 blankets, food, warm waterproof clothes and hard wearing rain shoes. Not to mention donated money to buy food so that the children and I can make up food parcels for distribution. Your generosity is valued and appreciated more than I can ever say…..I hid food all over the car in every nook and cranny! Hee hee! We have arrived and children are fascinated about the increased police presence which I find as intimidating if not worse than ever before….but we continue! Love you all xxxxxxxxxxxxxx”


To read the original article, please click on the link Crochet for Calais where you will also find the address to which your squares can be sent.

A previous update can also be read here, Crochet for Calais Update in which you can see some of the blankets that readers of this blog contributed to.

As you can see, the hats and blankets that we make actually do get to the refugees quickly and are so much appreciated by both adults and children alike. If you can spare the time to knit or crochet a 12″ square (or a few), then please do as it is an ongoing effort for as long as there is a crisis.

I’m off to cast on my next square right now….!

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36 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens Special – Crochet for Calais Update

  1. Yep, tearful again. I’ve knitted one up and will get on with a couple more after I’ve finished my second book bear. It’s a really good way of using up odds and ends too. Lovely to see those images 🙂

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  2. Those children look adorable in their cheerful hats.
    I’ve just finished knitting a blanket – not one of my humungus ones but a lap size. I was wondering what to do with it. Shall I send it to the address in your original post?

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  3. Thank you so much for keeping this current. More squares being made right NOW!

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  4. Glad you posted this, time just flies and I’d meant to do some more. 😃

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  5. Absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing with us. It is truly special. I heart missed a beat when I saw the children and their little faces. It makes one realize just how much we have to be grateful for each day. I send my love and thanks to all those involved and took the time to work on this. Hugs to all. 🙂

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    • It’s the continued commitment of the helpers that is so special and gives the refugees hope for a better future, one just like ours maybe. You’re so right – we should be grateful for what we have compared to these poor souls.

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  6. Such a beautiful post Sheila, we have so much where they have so little. I did write to Jane about the fleece blankets a couple of weeks ago to see if she would like them and where she wanted me to send them but I have never heard back. Is there another way to contact her?

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  7. Thank you for sharing this post, so often we see dreadful news, but it is being able to do something about it, that really helps our own sanity.

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  8. Words can’t do this post justice. Beautiful!

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  9. Heart warming that we can do something, even if it’s small in the scheme of things, to help people feel cared for.

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    • The donations of handmade things give the refugees real hope that people care and, therefore, hope for a better future for their families. It’s lovely to see our actual blankets being used, isn’t it?


  10. Thank you for the update. Great to see these being handed straight to the refugees. I’ve knitted a few more squares so this is a good reminder to send them off.

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    • So often you don’t see the results of your efforts and wonder whether your donation has even got there. It’s a real bonus to see the actual blankets we’ve made being used by their intended recipients, isn’t it?

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  11. What a beautiful post. I’m going to see what I can make this week in the evenings. Maybe some hats! It’s so nice to see things go straight to the refugees and not get tied up somewhere and you never know if they’ve gotten to those who need them.

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  12. Thanks for the update, Sheila. It’s nice to see the children warmly bundled and wearing festive hats. I can’t help but feel the weight of the world though. What those young faces have been through.

    Thank you for spreading the word and for making a difference.

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  13. Thanks for the gentle nudge. If I had more time this sounds like a fantastic cause to learn how to use my knitting machine for. But unfortunately I wont have the time before I go to sea. Although I normally tend to keep some knitting/crochet on me when at sea so this might have to be my “at sea” project.

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  14. Oh wow, what a lovely post, it has brought a tear to my eye. It’s so sad what these families are having to go through. Thanks for sharing this, I will be casting on some squares.

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  15. Wow, congratulations to everyone involved in contributing to this marvelous cause.


  16. Oh goodness, this makes me want to learn to knit. Such precious little faces, such a wonderful cause! Thank you this sad but necessary post. And thank you to all the participants!


  17. Aw that’s so lovely to see. Those blankets and hats are amazing! As are the people who made them! I love all the bright colours in such a sad time and place.

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