Christopher Pincher Backs British Legion Beanie Knitters

Jul 19, 2012 by Tamworth Conservatives

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth has been putting his knitting skills to the test whilst launching beanie hat knitting campaign for our soldiers in Afghanistan.

The knitting pattern, supplied by the Royal British Legion, is available to anyone who wants to help knit the hats which are worn beneath soldiers’ Kevlar helmets.  The helmets can be uncomfortable in either extreme cold or heat so the woollen hats provided by local people are a real help. So far over 100 hats have been knitted by local residents, craft groups, church clubs and voluntary organisations.

Mr. Pincher joined members of his local team who are knitting ‘Hats for Heroes’.

Mr Pincher said: “Our troops in Afghanistan can feel reassured by all the effort being undertaken by many people around our town.  I hope it helps them to know that we are thinking of them back at home. ”It gets very cold in the desert at night, and these hats help make the night warmer. It is important that our serving troops know they are being supported back home. While they are putting their lives on the line we need to support them 100 per cent and especially as we have just marked Armed Forces Day.”

Mary Oates, who is helping to knit beanies, said: “I will be encouraging my craft club to get involved too – it is a wonderful idea allowing all of us to play a small part in supporting British troops abroad.”

Fazeley Town Councillor, Jean Dann, added: “I hope my local “knit and natter” club will also be able to help out.  I have my needles at the ready but the more of us who take them up, the better!”

There are many across the country knitting for the troops.  Anyone who would like the knitting pattern to be sent to them free of charge as well as details of how to send the woollen inserts to British troops, should telephone Mr Pincher’s office on 01827 312 778 or e-mail

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