Rugby ladies’ stitching time saves lives of Africa mums

MEMBERS of Soroptimist International Rugby have had knitters at the Claremont Centre in stitches to help new mums in Ethiopia.

They joined forces with Age UK in Rugby to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s International Day by forwarding on their colourful knitted blankets.

SI Rugby are part of a global organisation of professional women in management who speak out for equality and fair treatment of women and girls.

They have given hand-knitted blankets to women and girls who have had corrective surgery after childbirth. Carrying such injuries is a great stigma in the African country and can lead to the mothers being rejected by their families and communities. Although some may never fully recover, most go on to lead a normal life.

Sharon Morley, spokeswoman for SI Rugby, said: “On behalf of the patients and staff at the Fistula Hospital, SI Rugby would like to thank the service users and staff at the Claremont Centre for their continued support for such a worthy cause.”