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Wool from Black Prince’s yellow Tour de France jersey to aid African children

Members of Holt Park Active and Leeds City Council members with the yellow jersey before it was fitted to the Black Prince in City Square.

Members of Holt Park Active and Leeds City Council members with the yellow jersey before it was fitted to the Black Prince in City Square.

A Knitted yellow jersey that was stitched on to a Leeds statue to mark the Grand Depart will be unravelled to support needy children in Africa.

Originally crafted by elderly service users at Holt Park Active, the two-metre jersey made use of around 30 balls of yellow wool and was placed on the statue of Edward the Black Prince, in City Square, for July 5 and 6.

It will be taken apart and used to create blankets for newborn babies and young children being supported by the charity Knit for Africa.

Coun Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s lead member for adult social care, said: “I can think of no better tribute to the fantastic team of older people who gave up hours of their time to create the Black Prince’s jersey than knowing that their hard work and dedication will now help support such a worthy cause.”

A jersey that was fitted to a nymph statue in City Square by older people from Holbeck Elderly Aid will be cleaned and placed in the charity’s south Leeds foyer.

 

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