MEMBERS of Whitchurch Rotary Club have been busy through lockdown, by knitting with purpose.

When children have to be extricated by Social Services from dangerous family situations, it is often an emotional and traumatic experience.

This is where Rotary steps in, by providing a bag of reassuring goodies called a Buddy Bag for the youngsters.

The contents of the back-pack are tailored to the age and gender of the child but will always include a knitted teddy to reassure the children.

Whitchurch Rotarians Chris Smith and his wife Angela recently helped deliver 86 of these teddies to Sylvia Keris from the Eccleshall Rotary Club.

Eccleshall are undertaking a bag pack this week, with 180 bags being packed for use across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

Previously, former chairman of Whitchurch Rotary Club Peggy Mullock, said helping make buddy bags is something the Rotary Club has done for some time.

“Whitchurch Rotary has been fund raising for over a year to enable us to carry this work on,” said Peggy.

“The backpacks are for different ages from babies to teenagers, boys and girls and contain toiletries, clothes, books and whatever the lady that started this scheme can lay her hands on."