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Knitting for Nkhoma Hospital, Malawi


Scores of banana boxes full of knitted items for babies have been sent out to Malawi from churches in Gordon Presbytery. 

Click on this link for an update on the latest consignment.

Why banana boxes? Well, the carriers who arrange container transport to Malawi are called The Bananabox Trust. As the name suggests, all items are packed in banana boxes as it makes transportation efficient in uniform sized boxes.

To all our new and regular local, parish and even further away knitters – your generosity in donations of knitting and sewing continues to be outstanding and a source of pride in this area. We thank you. We send regular ‘banana boxes’, all well packed with hats, vests, scarves, blankets, teddies and skirts.

There is now a ‘community corner’ in the church with a table (complete with banana boxes) specifically for collecting knitting/sewing so good work can be shared, and maybe inspire others to try knitting simple baby clothes or blankets which are so much in need. 

Click on this link for some simple knitting and sewing patterns

If you are unsure of knitting, why don’t you join in the ‘Chatty Knitters’ at Hanover Court at 2.00 pm every Tuesday afternoon and they will be very happy to guide you and share knitting patterns. There are some very simple patterns for beginners. The established knitters are happy to give guidance and supply endless patience if you would like to start an easier knit. 

For anyone who sews, little skirts for orphaned schoolgirls are needed. They are sewn slightly longer than skirts here and it is essential that these little girls have a skirt of their own before starting school. 

If anyone would like to sew skirts, please contact Ruth Nisbet via tbc.editor@btinternet.com and she can supply you with some colourful cotton fabric.


If you have any spare double knitting wool, donations towards Nkhoma can be handed in to either Hanover or the Community Corner in the church.

Each box costs £15 to transport from Dundee to Ekwendeni Hospital in Malawi, then on to Nkhoma. If you are not a knitter but would like to support this worthy cause, there is a box beside the knitting in the Community Corner for any contributions.

Thank you so much.


Tarves Church welcomed a visit from Dr David Morton and his wife Rebecca towards the end of last year when he spoke about their 9 years of service to Nkhoma Hospital. David and Rebecca have now retired but will continue their interest in Nkhoma. David was able to speak to some of the knitters present at our service and assure them of the continuing need and thanks for the baby knitting and clothing which Tarves and the wider parish have donated.

The hospital has an actual catchment area of 450,000 and David and Rebecca are confident that the Nkhoma clinical staff and senior managers will continue to have the strength and determination to lead the hospital in new initiatives to improve the healthcare to everyone in their community.


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