Residents at Chesham Leys recently hand knitted over forty scarves in the Ukrainian flag colours for wooden reindeers created by 16 year old Jasper Cullen. Jasper who lives in Beaconsfield, has been a community friend of Chesham Leys since last year when he visited the residents and demonstrated how he makes wooden sculptures. Whatever Jasper makes he sells and donates the profits to different Charities and last year he generously donated half of his profits to Chesham Leys Residents Voluntary Fund.
Earlier this year, Jasper’s mum Suzie approached Chesham Leys Activity Organiser, Lisamarie to ask if the residents would like to support Jasper’s latest charity by knitting scarfs for his hand made wooden reindeers. Without any hesitation the residents jumped at the chance to support Jasper. Jasper sells his fabulous pieces on social media and locally. The reindeers sell for £18 with £10 from each sale going to the Ukrainian Charity. A percentage of the profits are donated to a Ukrainian orphanage called Dim Pokrovy situated in Zolochiv, Western Ukraine. Dim Pokrovy orphanage is a home for children orphaned by the war, who are relocated to safety.
Activity organiser Lisamarie commented “James is such a lovely young man, the residents love him coming to see us and we’re really enthusiastic about being able to help raise money for the Ukrainian children” Resident and avid knitter Margaret said “It’s been a real pleasure to be a part of James’s project and we are all delighted. The reindeer are fabulous and it is for such a good cause.” Resident and knitter Jean added “Having lived through the Second World War, we are all too familiar with the devastation war causes, especially to Children. Being able to help the Ukrainian Children in any way we can means so much to us. Jasper creates such wonderful pieces and his charitable work is commendable, he’s a wonderfully selfless young man”