Loaghtan farmer urges more producers to join initiative
A sheep farmer from Patrick is urging other producers to donate wool to Ukraine after receiving a thank you letter from recipients in the war-torn country.
Jenny Shepherd has been sending carded fleece from her Loaghtans since May last year through the 'Wool for Ukraine' initiative.
The products are given to people for them to knit or crochet and make something that can then be used to raise money to support refugees in Ukraine and Poland.
The organisation says working with wool is therapeutic and helps to 'balance the effects of stress and to combat post-traumatic stress disorder'.
'It silenced me and brought tears to my eyes.'
Jenny spoke to Manx Radio's Lewis Foster about how it felt to receive the letter:
The Isle of Man Post Office supported Jenny's efforts, allowing her to send the balls of wool to Ukraine without charge.
I’ve had so many messages about wool for Ukraine. Can I set a challenge to all wool producers. If a 100 producers send 10 balls that would be 1000 balls. Please consider sending just 10 balls to the address in the picture #woolforUkraine #everylittlehelps #UkraineNeedsOurHelp pic.twitter.com/XvB69cmSpr— Manx Loaghtan (@MLProduce) May 13, 2022
Today marks one year since Russia's invasion, the Isle of Man will hold a minute's silence at 11am.
You can listen to a special programme 'The Ukraine War - One Year On' tonight at 6pm on Manx Radio.
Post: The thank you letter Jenny Shepherd received after sending the carded fleece to support refugees in Ukraine.