‘Cats in Blankets’ this Christmas – Thanks to Staines Prep Pupils

17 Dec 2013

The Old Windsor Battersea Dogs and Cats Home was thrilled to open its doors to some special little elves in the shape of Year 5 Staines Prep children, who were there to present the ‘cats’ with their very own hand-made knitted blankets to keep the winter chill at bay.

With festive cheer and goodwill in the air, the school’s rosy cheeked Knitting Club team braved the cold on Tuesday 26 November to make the special trip to the Home to personally hand over their carefully crafted gifts and meet some of the homeless kitties and their carers.

Head of the UpperSchool, Mrs Jill Haywood said: “The aim at the start of the project was to enhance their knitting skills, having completed simple mobile phone covers and scarves during the summer term, but the children have learnt so much more than creating complex and interesting knitting patterns.  It has been a great opportunity to reinforce the true notion of Christmas and helping those less fortunate, as well as heightening their awareness of others within their community and the real importance of caring for animals – not bad for half a terms work!”


Photo: Staines Prep Knitting Club at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Old Windsor

L – R (Back Row) Olivia Bell (age 9), William Potter (age 10), Izabel Pearson (age 9)

L – R (Middle Row) Simran Tucker (age 10), Abigail Banks-Smith (age 9), Emma St.John (age 9), Gurpreet Kandola (age 9), Preeah Sangha (age 9)

L – R (Front Row) Tia Mirza (age 10), Jake Bennett (age 10), Andreas Atalianis (age 9) and Isobel Caulfield (age 10).