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An update for our knitters

Updated 22 July 2021

We are pleased to let our community of knitters know that we will be able to resume our shipments of knitted blankets to Ethiopia in the Autumn.

Due to limited staff and volunteer capacity we are asking knitters to send your blankets to our office in Halesowen, Birmingham between Monday 27th September and Friday 1st October 2021. During that week the office will be open every day to receive blankets, ready to be packed and shipped in early October.

If you are currently storing blankets and would like to send them to us during that week please email us on with your name, contact details and the approximate number of blankets you have. Alternatively give us a call on 0121 559 3999. Knowing the quantities of blankets we are expecting will help us plan how many boxes we will be sending out to Ethiopia.

Looking ahead, we are aiming to have three regular collection weeks during the year. This will help us manage storage at our offices and the supply of blankets to our hospitals. The dates will be sent out in advance.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been knitting and storing blankets over the past year. They bring comfort to many patients and are recognised across Ethiopia as a symbol of Hamlin and our fight to end fistula in Ethiopia forever. Thank you for all your hard work.

Sartu on the ward at Harar

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