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Kintyre Toy Library is one step closer to getting back up and running amid the pandemic thanks to a group of kind-hearted Kintyre crafters.
The children’s group, which typically meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during school term time, was chosen to receive the £500 of charity funds raised at Nimble Fingers’ November craft fair.
As part of a small, independent group themselves, the crafters aim to financially support smaller charities that don’t tend to receive big grants or lottery funding.
At each fair, as well as running their stalls for their own profit, the crafters hold raffle and tombola-type events, the proceeds from which are donated to chosen charities.
A Kintyre Toy Library spokesperson said: ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to Nimble Fingers craft group for thinking of our group; we are more than delighted with the generosity, which will certainly make a huge difference.
‘Hopefully Kintyre Toy Library will be up and running again in the new year and we can’t wait to buy new resources and crafts for the children to come along and use.’
The Nimble Fingers crafters were back in action last Saturday at their December craft fair.
Piper Ewan O’May braved the wild weather to open the event which was held at Argyll Bowling Club.
The usual variety of crafts was on offer, from knitted winter warmers and hand-carved wooden art to intricately cut card and festive Christmas decorations.
Special knitted Santa and Mrs Claus figures were won by Marjorie Lang, who guessed closest to the couple’s anniversary date.
As the £50 cash prize was not won, it will roll over to the group’s next event, where the cash prize will be £75.
It will be increased by £25 at each event until it is won, at which point the prize money will return to £50.
The funds raised at the December fair will go towards Nimble Fingers’ own running costs, to allow the group to continue supporting other local groups and charities.
‘Argyll Bowling Club was a good venue and John and Jean McLachlan were a great help with setting up the hall and making sure everything ran smoothly,’ said a Nimble Fingers spokesperson.