A KNITTING group has helped to make children feel better about their return to school by providing small, knitted toys that they can keep in their pocket.

The toys, names Pocket Pals, were imagined by Co-op Supermarket member pioneer, Christine Eccles as a way to make children feel more comfortable about their return to school.

Many schools aren't allowing parents into the building to help lower the threat of coronavirus, and Christine worried that children would feel uneasy returning to school without a parent there to walk them into the classroom.

“Another of the Co-op member pioneers mentioned that her son was starting school and that she was a bit worried that she couldn't go into the classroom with him,” explained Christine.

“We came up with the idea of the little pocket pals that they can have in their pocket to help calm them down.”

The toys were made by members of the Royston Knit and Natter group who have been in isolation due to the virus.

“The members jumped at the chance to make the toys,” added Christine. “They are all shielding and made a batch really quickly.”

The toys will be available from Royston Co-op.