A peerie hansel fae hame

The Shetland Community would like to express its support by sending a peerie hansel (gift) from home to the estimated 400 students away from home during the pandemic. Can you help?

POW Jumper in the Museum

Many Shetland students currently find themselves in lockdown at university on the mainland. Some, away from home for the first time. It can be a difficult time, many miles from family and friends in Shetland. It would be great for the Shetland Community to express its support by sending a peerie hansel (gift) from home. It’s estimated there could be around 400 students away from Shetland at the moment, so we’re calling on your help.

The appeal is for donations of knitted hats, scarves, gloves, socks or a headband which would be passed on to students nominated by families or friends (1 parcel per student).

The idea for the appeal was inspired by a Fair Isle jumper on display in the Shetland Museum galleries. The much loved and well-worn jumper was a comforting reminder of home for its owner, a WW2 soldier, whilst he was away from Shetland. Hopefully the peerie hansel will act as a reminder to the students of their Shetland home.

We hope you can help brighten a student’s day during this pandemic.

What the Package will contain

  • Knitted gift
  • A message of support from the community

We will ask all students receiving a parcel to tag #apeeriehanselfaehame in any photos shared on social media.

Donate an Item

You can get your donated items to us by dropping them off or posting them to us:

  • drop off your donated items to the Shetland Museum and Archives during opening hours; or,
  • send your knitwear to the Shetland Museum and Archives at: 'A Peerie Hansel fae Hame', Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay’s Dock, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 OWP.

Donate towards postage & packaging costs

You can donate online on our appeals page.

Nominate a Student to receive a package

If you’d like to nominate a student to receive 'A Peerie Hansel fae Hame', please download our form at the link below and email it to us at info@shetlandamenity.org.

Alternatively you can collect a nomination from us at the Shetland Museum and Archives during opening hours.