Ballymoney knitters have the ‘bear’ necessities!

Ladies from the Knit and Natter Group pictured at Ballymoney library who have joined forces with Barnardo's NI to help create a range of unique jumpers for the charity's Barney Bear. Included is Helen Kielt from Libraries NI.INBM13-14 116LMM
Ladies from the Knit and Natter Group pictured at Ballymoney library who have joined forces with Barnardo's NI to help create a range of unique jumpers for the charity's Barney Bear. Included is Helen Kielt from Libraries NI.INBM13-14 116LMM

Members of the Ballymoney Library Knit and Natter Club have joined forces with Barnardo’s NI to help create a range of unique jumpers for the charity’s Barney Bear.

Individual Barneys wearing jumpers with the name of each knitter attached will be raffled later in the year in aid of Barnardo’s NI work with local children.

The team of knitters worked with Barnardo’s NI to develop a knitting pattern for Barney which will be made available for other library Knit and Natter groups across Northern Ireland.

Barnardo’s NI Community Fundraising Volunteer Manager Karen Kerr said: “We are delighted that the Ballymoney Knit and Natter Club got behind this initiative from the outset and developed the knitting pattern for Barney.

“We are appealing for other enthusiastic knitters to get involved in our Big Knit for Barney and create a range of jumpers.

“The knitting pattern is available through local libraries and we are asking knitters to supply the wool, their time and creativity - kites, flowers, spots, stars and stripes – let your imagination take flight!.”

Helen Kielt from Libraries NI Health in Mind project said: “Knitting and doing good are two fantastic ways to look after your well-being.

“Libraries NI has over 80 knitting groups meeting regularly in libraries across Northern Ireland and we are delighted to bring them together in support of Barnardo’s Barney Bear initiative.

“It promises to be a truly rewarding experience for everyone involved. “

For further information about Barnardo’s Big Knit for Barney please contact your local library or visit www.yourhealthinmind.org.uk

Health in Mind is an innovative partnership project which brings together 4 mental health charities and Libraries NI.

By working together and using expertise in new and fresh ways, they aim to give adults affected by poor mental health the chance to improve their lives and brighten their futures.

Health in Mind aims to provide accessible, up–to–date and relevant information on how to improve mental health; to help people affected by mental health problems to acquire the self–help skills, knowledge and information that can help in their recovery.