Warm woolly hats are essential this winter

Can you help Diane to make woolly hats for our beneficiaries this winter? You can support her by supplying wool or knitting woolly hats and donating them to the centre.

The weather is turning chilly and the leaves are turning brown. Have you reached for your hat and gloves yet? This winter there will be many more people in need of extra layers to keep them warm on the streets of Nottingham. Sadly a growing number of people are now more at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus crisis.

Staff at our Nottingham charity Emmanuel House Support Centre provide service users with warm layers throughout the winter months. Wearing a winter hat can make a huge difference to your core temperature when you have nowhere to shelter from the cold during the day or night. Hats can keep you warm and dry, as well as prevent hypothermia and frostbite from setting in. As the cold weather approaches, they are in high demand.

How to support the work of Emmanuel House this winter:

Our friend Diane Harvard has been knitting for more than 30 years and enjoys a wide range of craft activities. This year she wanted to do something to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic, knowing that even more people are now experiencing homelessness as a result of a loss or reduction in income.

In previous years, Diane has made and gifted her hats, which are made of thick, warm wool, to her friends and family members. This winter she felt it would be more important to dedicate her time to making warm woolly hats for people who will be spending more time than most outdoors.

Last year Diane’s handmade woolly hats were extremely popular and they were gone within a week! So this year, she’s asking for donations of thick wool so that she can continue to provide critical warm layers for those in need. You can support her initiative by buying or donating wool from our Amazon Wishlist. It will then get delivered to Emmanuel House and Diane will use it to knit even more hats. Each hat takes a few hours to make.

Diane will then donate all of  her hats to Emmanuel House, where access to warm clothing layers such as waterproof coats, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves is critical to our service users throughout the winter months.

If you like to knit or are part of a knitting group and you would like to donate handmade hats or scarves please bring your donations to Emmanuel House Support Centre, 53-61 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FE during the following donation drop-off slots:

  • Wednesday morning – 9:30am – 1:00pm
  • Thursday afternoon – 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Friday afternoon – 2:00pm – 4:30pm.

If you would like to donate wool to support Diane’s initiative this winter, you can do it here.

Thank you for your support in helping others to keep warm this winter!