TEMPERATURES in rural Kenya can drop below freezing in the highlands.

Many in the African nation are extremely poor which has led a Chippenham woman to lead a band of knitters to make jumpers and other wool garments for the most in need.

Margaret Beedle, 95, from Fairways residential home on Malmesbury Road has knitted 164 sweaters and 50 hats. Together her daughter Jennie and other residents the band of knitters send their finished knitwear to Kenya with the Amani UK charity.

Founded in 1986 the Christian charity was established to bring relief to the poor of rural Kenya and in particular the children and families affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Margaret moved into The Fairways in November 2018 and was delighted when other residents and volunteers joined in and knitted jumpers.

Previously she had worked for the Post Office and Telecommunications as a telegraphist.

When retired she took up knitting and gardening.