June’s knitting raises £12,000 for charity

Pitmedden woman June Filby has been knitting for the autism charity for the last five years.
Pitmedden woman June Filby has been knitting for the autism charity for the last five years.

A Pitmedden woman has raised a further £2,000 for an autism charity by knitting.

June Filby has taken in £12,000 over the last five years by knitting scarves, hats, toys, tea cosies and cushions on behalf of her daughter Ruth Glynne-Owen’s charity Speur-Ghlan.

Based in Bridge of Allan but active across Scotland, Speur-Ghlan (Gaelic for blue skies) delivers early therapeutic intervention for young children ­diagnosed with autism or developmental delays.

The charity was founded in 2010 by Ruth and is the country’s first specialist early intervention therapy service for preschool children experiencing key developmental and milestone delays, using play and music-based therapy sessions.

June said: “Speur-Ghlan has made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of families across the country. Given it’s a charity, it solely relies on funding from organisations, companies and individuals.

“I’ve been busy knitting for five years and the support I’ve received from the local communities around Pitmedden and Ellon has been fantastic.

“It’s nice when I see many locals, adult and children sporting my creations.”

June’s knitting is on sale in Ellon’s Gallery Coffee Shop, Pitmedden Church cafe, local craft sales and local music festivals.