BBC Radio York has smashed its target of scarves that their listeners have knitted over the last few weeks.
The final total will be confirmed later this week but is already well over 1000.
The station launched its winter campaign earlier this month and challenged the Radio York listeners to help them knit or crochet as many scarves as possible. The campaign was supported by presenters from across the station including Kay Crewdson, Jonathan Cowap, Adam Tomlinson and Anna Wallace and Jules Bellerby.
The scarves will go to Age UK, food banks and various homelessness charities, including the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough, who will distribute them to people who need or can’t afford an extra layer this winter. North Yorkshire Police is also helping to distribute the scarves as part of “Operation Cracker”, which is looking out for older and vulnerable people over the festive season.
Joe Pignatiello, Managing Editor of BBC Radio York, said: “I want to say a massive thank-you to our listeners for getting behind our winter campaign. They have picked up their knitting needles to knit and crochet scarves for people who need them most and they’ll make a huge difference, helping keep more than a thousand people warm this winter. I’m so proud that, with our brilliant listeners, BBC Radio York has been able to do something to help people in our part of the world this Christmas.”
BBC Radio York worked in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council who delivered collection bins to 27 libraries across North Yorkshire for listeners to drop off their scarves.