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Mildenhall College Academy sixth formers knit blankets to help themselves and others

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 23 March 2017

Mildenhall College Academy students Alicia Drewry;  Emily Chalk; Leticia Martin, and Dani Young, knitting blankets which will be sent to help babies and children in  Ethiopia. Picture: Mildenhall College Academy

Mildenhall College Academy students Alicia Drewry; Emily Chalk; Leticia Martin, and Dani Young, knitting blankets which will be sent to help babies and children in Ethiopia. Picture: Mildenhall College Academy

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Teenagers from Mildenhall College Academy have been busy knitting blankets which they hope to send to Ethiopia.

Mildenhall College Academy student Dani Young knitting blankets which will be sent to help babies and children in  Ethiopia. Picture: Mildenhall College AcademyMildenhall College Academy student Dani Young knitting blankets which will be sent to help babies and children in Ethiopia. Picture: Mildenhall College Academy

The knitting project is part of the Mindfulness Club, the academy’s sixth form strategy to help with the students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Ten 16 to 18-year-olds are regular members of the club.

The blankets will be sent to the school’s former teacher Jemma Fifield who is currently in the African country working with young and vulnerable mothers.

Teacher Nichola McConnell said: “The students have enjoyed learning a new skill/brushing up on an old skill. They’ve found the process of knitting really relaxing, in fact all of them take their needles and wool home, knit at home, on their journey home, between lessons and even at work.”

Mildenhall College Academy students Alicia Drewry and Dani Young knitting blankets which will be sent to help babies and children in Ethiopia. Picture: Mildenhall College AcademyMildenhall College Academy students Alicia Drewry and Dani Young knitting blankets which will be sent to help babies and children in Ethiopia. Picture: Mildenhall College Academy

Student Dani Young said: “I enjoy the idea of knitting to help other people and that gives me a real sense of achievement and positivity.”

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