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Sailor hats

31 August 2012

THE knitters of Truro diocese have been whiling away the wet days of early summer by knitting hats for sailors. The Woolly Hat Appeal was launched last May in Truro Cathedral and other churches, and the target of 120 beanie hats, in an exotic range of colours, has been reached three months ahead of schedule.

They are part of the project Sinbad's Christmas 2012, which provides suitable gifts for the Falmouth branch of Mission to Seafarers to distribute to seafarers in port on Christmas Day. It is anybody's guess how many that will be, but any gifts left over will be carried forward. The main appeal will be launched in November, and warm, woolly pull-on hats are especially welcome, among other gifts.

Last year, a team of volunteers and two chaplains delivered 70 large parcels among the ships then in port,

to bring some Christmas cheer to the crews - many of them from distant lands, and long separated from their families - and they intend to do the same this Christmas.


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