Community sewers have comfort blankets all stitched up

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Rockfield Community Sewers project is bringing comfort to the area’s primary schools.

Oban Rotary Club gave £200 to buy materials needed to make the special calming blankets with weighted pockets.

Each primary school will be given one of the blankets to help pupils de-stress.

Cherry stones are stitched in to the blankets, to around 10 per cent of the users’ bodyweight, and research has shown they bring relaxing benefits.

Community sewers were busy at the Rockfield Centre on Saturday, weighing out the cherry stones and putting in the final stitches before the blankets can be given out.

In the shops, these blankets can cost about £200 each, said project co-ordinator Breege Smyth.

‘We’ve used gender neutral and soft cotton to make the blankets for boys or girls. We’d also like to hear from any other groups around the Oban community who might like us to help make something useful for them,’ added Mrs Smyth.