Knitter knatter in Sheffield for Chernobyl children

Jan Bradley and Charlotte Porter
Jan Bradley and Charlotte Porter
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KNITTING and nattering may not necessarily be known for their charitable values, but one cafe near Woodseats, Sheffield, has turned a favourite pastime into a way of helping a serious cause.

From now on, every Monday afternoon, keen knitters can meet up and develop their needle skills while also making small knitted goodie bags for the orphaned children of Chernobyl victims, who have died as a result of radiation from the nuclear catastrophe of 1986.

Known as ‘Knitter Natter’, the weekly sessions take place at Martha’s Cafe in Greenhill, and everybody is welcome.

Jan Bradley is a Knitter Natter supporter and has donated several small fashion accessories as treats to go inside the bags.

“The bags are really tactile and they’re good for posting because everything in there is soft,” she said.

“There are so many orphans who have lost their parents as a result of radiation, even though the disaster itself happened in the 1980s.”

Jan - who owns the shop Perfectly Dressed in Millhouses - is one of the knitters, along with 13-year-old Charlotte - a newcomer to knitting.

“My gran taught me how to knit a few years ago but this has been very good for learning as well,” she said.

Knitter Natter will also be attended by an expert knitter, who will be giving advice on knitting to people in the group.

But that’s not all Martha’s Cafe is doing for charity.

It’s also continuing with its book donations, where customers donate a book or take a book and - if they wish - leave a small donation. Proceeds go to Weston Park Hospital and already the cafe has raised more than £400.

With all these charitable events, it’s a wonder staff in the cafe have time to bake cakes but, as Jan said, “It’s all for a good cause.”