MEMBERS of the Bordon Knit and Natter group have been working on a charity project to help bereaved parents.

The idea started after a friend of one of the knitting group's members suffered the pain of having a stillborn baby.

The knitting ladies set about creating so-called angel bears, sent to the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity.

So far they have knitted 25 of the charity gifts, and Knit and Natter member Ann Bartlett, whose son Kyle was killed by a punch in Portsmouth in 2009, - explained that the project had brought the ladies closer together.

"It's been lovely. There are a lot of people who don't get out often and they come down here and have a knit and a natter and a coffee," she said. "It's helped us bond well as a group."

This Christmas has also seen the knitters create a selection of scarfs, distributed to the homeless via the Salvation Army.

Mrs Bartlett said anyone was welcome to join in, and appealed for donations of wool.