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Big Knit for Little People

Giant balls of yarn and a washing line of tiny knitted baby clothes featured as part of a window display at A.H. Rogers & Sons, Eastleigh in May.

The eye-catching exhibit was in support of local charitable cause, Jacob’s Legacy which offers support and help to bereaved families.

After meeting Jess Lock, who founded Jacob’s Legacy after losing her son Jacob a year ago, the team at A.H. Rogers decided to offer their support.

Jess recently launched a crowd-funding page to raise money to provide containers for children’s ashes at Porchester Crematorium, as these aren’t currently supplied to families.

A.H. Rogers has pledged to donate seven scatter tubes a month over the next seven months – 49 in total – choosing the number seven as it is very meaningful to Jess and family as Jacob was born on 07.07.2016.

The branch also launched its own campaign in aid of the charity – the ‘Big Knit for Little People’- calling upon the local community to get their knitting needles out and knit woolly hats, clothes and blankets for babies that need them, or donate materials.

In addition and on behalf of Jacob’s Legacy, the branch collected donations of toiletries for the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth – to help parents who sometimes unexpectedly need to stay overnight – and monetary contributions to go towards updating facilities at the hospital.

The striking window display certainly did a great job in attracting attention as Funeral Arranger Lisa Wicks-eales has experienced overwhelming support: “The response has been amazing, I can’t express just how much support this has had in Eastleigh.

“I had at least one phone call a day to ask about the knitting and every third person that walked through the door looked to help and donate items!”

Funeral Director Nicky Beach added: “We are very overwhelmed and so very thankful to the local community.”

For more information on Jacob’s Legacy please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jacobslegacyfundraising/

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