Helping the Fish and Chip babies

Staff and friends of Mearns Academy have knitted 120 jumpers and hats which have now gone to children in the Embangweni Mission Hospital in Malawi.

The jumpers and hats have been taken out by Dr Ross Muiry, a retired obstetrician from Auchenblae, who works at the hospital six months at a time.

The newborn babies in the hospital, many suffering from AIDS, are called Fish and Chip Babies as many are sent home from hospital wrapped in newspaper for warmth.

Local church and the charity Far and Wide have been involved in the appeal for people to knit jumpers and hats and in getting them to their destination.

The knitting of jumpers and hats at Mearns Academy was co-ordinated by staff members Corrie Ling and Eleanor Gallacher and teaching staff, support staff and staff from Laurencekirk Primary all joined in.

Corrie and Eleanor expressed a big thank-you to everyone who assisted, including those who donated wool.

The big pile of knitwear pictured is now on its way to Malawi, along with medical supplies.

Dr Muiry is a member of Arbuthnott Church and members of the Arbuthnott, Bervie and Kinneff congregation have been invited to take part in a sponsored walk up Beinn Ghlas/Ben Lawyers in Perthshire on June 16 to raise funds for the mission hospital. Anyone wishing to contribute can go to