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Loving Hands Carrickfergus's Shoes for Gambia Challenge

By Loving Hands, Jul 2 2016 08:55PM

Loving Hands member Rosetta is married to a Gambian man, Omar and they send out aid to his home village and some others. She recently posted this on our forum

"Cherryl, with the help of her parents' church and our friend Jennifer proprietor of Parlour Yarns Carrickfergus who is a long time supporter of what Cherryl and I do, ran a Shoes For Gambia Appeal in June. This was a resounding success. Although I no longer live in Carickfergus I still feel very much a part of Loving Hands Carrickfergus so I am very proud of all that the Group have achieved in the month of June, while still knitting away there. Cherryl puts it better when she wrote on Facebook:

"It is my pleasure to announce we have gathered 297 pairs of shoes to send to our families in Gambia. Firstly, I thank God for blessing our appeal and allowing it to grow from hopes of 100 pairs to almost 3 times that amount. I sincerely thank each and everyone who bought and donated shoes. I know I can safely say that Rosetta and I are completely blown away by the support this appeal has received. It has been a totally overwhelming experience. I will be starting to pack the shoes later today. I have to thank my long-suffering husband, Gary, for putting up with the pile of boxes and bags of shoes, he does know it is all done with the best if intentions and with the needs of others before our needs of half a kitchen lol!!

I'm so thankful for everyone's support. I pray that each pair of shoes is a blessing to the person who wears them.

297 pairs!!! Thankyou so much xo"

Now the task of using my usual pick up in Carrickfergus and deliver to Manchester Light Haulage company Adam Williams Haulage based in Wrexham to get them to me at the Studio. What Adam has always done for me is pick up when doing a run to N.Ireland which he does frequently. He will store them FREE in Wrexham and get them to me when he has a van in my area. This keeps the costs as low as possible. It is good of him to work this way with me. I've used him for years now and he is very reliable."

This is above and beyond the usual work of Loving Hands but it was such a wonderful story we thought it was good to share it!

These photos show just a few of the shoes that are on their way to Rosetta.

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