Wednesday 4th February 2009 by C. Freeman
Tutor group 9W are knitting blankets to donate to the Cats Protection League. Each cat has its own blanket and, when a cat is re-homed, its blanket goes too as having something familiar around helps it to feel more secure.
Tutor Mrs Smith said 'The Wellingborough and Rushden branch rehomed 267 cats last year and the Corby and Kettering group are also in need so we are going to donate blankets to both.'
The tutor group appealed for donations of wool and knitting needles and now students are knitting small squares which will be sewn together into blankets, as well as coming up with fund-raising ideas. They are being helped by technician Mrs McAlpine who has given the students a masterclass in the basics of knitting.
Mrs Smith, who got her two cats from the Cats Protection League, said: 'We are really animal-orientated as a tutor group and talk about our pets all the time. This project means that students not only learn a skill but they are also doing something for charity. It shows them that you don't need money to contribute to charity, you just need a good idea and a bit of effort. Some of the A Level students have had a go as well so this project has really fired the students' imaginations.