Widow Win knits hats for Afghan Heroes charity
AN 83-year-old woman has been inspired to knit an army of hats following the death of her husband.
Retired factory worker Win Rowe has made 50 hats for the charity Afghan Heroes.
She took up knitting after husband Eddie died in May last year.
The resident of Old Farm Court, Waltham, said: "I lost Eddie 16 months ago – we were married for more than 60 years.
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"I decided I needed something to do, and that was to knit the hats.
"I have one of my neighbour's dogs to keep me company and this keeps me busy.
"Eddie was in the Army, in Palestine, so I decided to knit them for Afghan Heroes.
"Since he died I have struggled to find the energy to do anything, but this really helps.
"I have knitted 50 so far and it takes about one ball of wool and an entire day to complete each one.
"I think people should do more to support the soldiers because they go through so much.
"I lost my husband after 60 years, but some young girls are losing theirs far too early.
"I have knitted all sorts of things in the past, but I am going to stick to hats for now. They are not difficult and I hope they help."
Since 2010, Afghan Heroes has sold more than 4,800 wristbands and currently has 52 collection tins in our area.
Shaun Lowden, area co-ordinator for the charity, said: "Since I became a co-ordinator in October 2010 we have raised £34,000 for the cause.
"But it doesn't matter what you give, because everything helps.
"Hats like these let the troops know that people are thinking about them.
"We are extremely grateful for all donations and from here the hats will be separated into packs and sent out to the troops.
"The hats will be greatly needed due to the weather being hot in the day but very cold at night.
"It really does mean the world to those on the frontline to get a parcel from back home."