Bield residents support Romanian shoebox appeal


An international relief charity has been able to provide underprivileged children with a little more joy this Christmas thanks to the hard-work and dedication of three Bield tenants in Cumbernauld.

For the third year in a row, tenants at Bield’s Hillcrest Court Retirement Housing in Cumbernauld have undertaken a year-long project to knit as many items as they can for The Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian group which has provided shoeboxes of gifts to more than 113 million boys and girls.

This year the shoeboxes are going to underprivileged children in Romania.

Although a partnership with New College Lanarkshire has now ended the residents were determined to continue.

Elizabeth Fox, retirement housing manager at Hillcrest Court, said: “It has been a great journey for my tenants at Hillcrest Court.

“Knitting for The Samaritan’s Purse really encourages them to work together.

“They love having a project to focus on.

“I believe being involved in projects like this enhances and enriches their lives and that is really important to me.

“Sadly over the past three years we have lost a few of our great knitters but this year we had three brilliant knitters who took on the project and done an amazing job knitting items including hats, gloves and even hand puppets.

“As a thanks each year we receive a certificate.”