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Blanket support for RSPCA
BLANKETS made as part of an annual festival have been donated to a Basingstoke charity shop.
Thirty-one blankets were made following a Yarn Storm held as part of Basingstoke Festival in July, in which the colourful squares of fabric were displayed in Market Square.
They have now been upcycled and given to the RSPCA shop, at Top of The Town, where they will be sold to raise money for the animal charity.
Some will also be kept back to use to keep rescue animals warm this winter.
Audleys Resource Service, which provides support to adults with various physical disabilities, transformed the fabric into blankets.
Councillor Cathy Osselton, borough council cabinet member for partnerships, joined Yarn Storm organiser Elly Drew and RSPCA worker Meg Gadd to hand over the blankets to the charity.
She said: “This year’s Basingstoke Festival might be over but I am so pleased it is still benefiting the community.
“The Yarn Storm was a wonderful addition to the Top of The Town and it is fitting that the blankets are being donated to a shop so close to where it took place.
“I look forward to seeing other innovative ideas residents come up with as part of the festival in the future.”
Elly thanked those who took part in the Yarn Storm, adding: “It’s been great fun and wonderful to help such a worthwhile cause.”
To find out how to get involved in the 2014 Yarn Storm, visit woolexchange.co.uk.
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