Knitted tree a festive novelty

Published: 23 Dec 2012 09:300 comments

AMH, New Horizons Fermanagh launched its Christmas celebrations with the illumination of one of Northern Ireland's most unique Christmas trees - a spectacular 8ft tall, hand-knitted craft extravaganza.

Mary Murphy, multi skills coach with Pauleen Moane, who contributed to the design and creatavity of the AMH New Horizon hand made Xmas tree.<<

The service, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, created the eyecatching work as a symbol of positive mental health and emotional well being.

The Christmas tree, handcrafted by clients in the multi skills department in New Horizons Fermanagh, is created from knitted squares with each square representing every client whom New Horizons Fermanagh has supported over the past 20 years.

Following the Christmas festivities, it will be dismantled with all the knitted squares being used to produce baby blankets for the Smile Foundation which supports babies in the orphanages in Romania.

Caroline Ferguson, service manager, speaking at the event, said: "Christmas time is a challenging time for a lot of people, and we want to use this opportunity to get a very positive message out to the community about the strong support services which are available to people who are struggling with mental health issues and poor emotional well being. It's important that people know that help and support is available." AMH new Horizons can be contacted on 02866323630.

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