A GROUP of more than 200 knitters have teamed up to make hundreds of mask extenders for frontline workers.

 

The Penistone Knitting Group have donated their creations to key workers at Barnsley Hospital, Hoyland Fire Station and Shaftsbury House – a care home – to help workers wear their face masks securely and comfortably.

 

Sheryll Dixon, the leader of the group, said: “It’s been incredible. We’ve had multiple donations of cotton and buttons from local businesses to help us make the extenders – which has been unbelievable.

 

“I’ve also had enough donations to be able to order £250 worth of wool which arrived yesterday, so we’re ready to carry on going.”

 

The group has been fundraising to collect enough money to post their knits to hospitals and care homes – but has now had help from unexpected places.

 

“It’s been nice that everyone’s wanted to get involved and help us.

 

“The Volunteer Riders, who help local causes, have offered to deliver our mask extenders to NHS staff free of charge.

 

“This is absolutely amazing considering we’ve had to fundraise our postage costs recently.

 

“I even had an offer from my postman to deliver some of the mask extenders last week.

 

“It’s important to support those who are helping others at a time like this. And I can’t thank my knitters enough for their work and kindness.”