A CLACKS knitting team was given the chance to put their skills to the test as they answered a call for help from a cancer charity.

The Knit and Natter group teamed up with Beatson’s Cancer Charity to make bags for patients' syringe pumps.

Beatson’s had issued a plea via their social media asking if anyone could help sew new bags as both the charity and University Hospital Wishaw had run out.

The charity is particularly close to the group’s hearts, with a member of Knit and Natter having undergone cancer treatment with Beatson’s.

Joyce Morrison, a member of Knit and Natter, said it was an honour to use their talents to help a good cause.

She said: “We were delighted to do anything to help the Beatson.

“It’s great to know that we can, in a small way, make things a little bit better for the patients and staff there.”

Syringe pumps, also called drivers, are used to continuously deliver medicine under the skin and are often placed in a wearable bag to make these as comfortable as possible for patients.

The carrier makes it easier for those receiving the treatment to go about their day as normal and shower without worrying about dislodging their medicine.

Knit and Natter altogether managed to knit a number of bags for the charity, to be distributed at the hospital’s Wellbeing Centre.

A spokesperson at Beatson’s Cancer Charity said: “We are so grateful to the Knit and Natter group who have made syringe driver bags following our recent appeal.

“These will help staff and patients in the Beatson over the coming months.

“We’d like to thank every who contributed for the incredible support and kindness.”

Knit and Natter forms part of Clackmannan Development Trust, a registered charity which aims to support and improve the town.

The knitting team meet every Friday morning between 10.30am-12pm at the CDT offices on Main Street, Clackmannan.

New members are always welcome at Knit and Natter, even if people just want to pop down for a chat.

Sessions cost £1 to cover the costs of food and drink on offer.

For more information, contact clackdevtrust@hotmail.com or call 01259 210765.