College staff and students stitch blankets out of utility covers for the homeless

College staff and students stitch blankets out of utility covers for the homeless

Students and staff at Chichester College have made colourful blankets out of recycled grey utility covers to keep homeless people in the local area warm.

Working with Blanket Angels, a local homeless charity, students and staff at the West Sussex college produced 57 blankets to distribute to those in need.

The blankets include labels with information about local shelters, plus contact details for organisations which can offer them help and support.

Set up by Anna Stephenson-Knight, the charity usually works with local sewing clubs to create the blankets that not only provide warmth and comfort – but also details of where homeless people can seek help.

Anna said: “I’ve been really pleased by the response from the college. All day, people have been dropping in to design and make blankets – including people who have never used a sewing machine.

“I’m amazed we have made so many, I’m really grateful to all the staff and students who have given up their time for us.”

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chichester College’s principal, added: “As a college we pride ourselves on our community involvement, and enjoy helping out with projects like this one where we can.”

 

Featured picture: (L-R) Shelagh Legrave, Anna Stephenson-Knight and deputy principal Andrew Green