THE story of a Helensburgh woman who has knitted and donated more than 500 jumpers to Oxfam has gone viral on social media after the charity published a video of her story.

Valerie Ashworth, 77, has been knitting since the age of eight and donated no fewer than 260 children's sweaters in 2016 alone.

Speaking last summer after receiving a certificate from the shop's staff to mark her 500th donated jumper, she said she had no plans to give up her passion – despite suffering from arthritis.

Valerie told the Advertiser at the time: “I have been knitting them for ages. I take them in to the shop 10 at a time.

“I have gotten so used to it I sit down and watch the TV and knit, so I think I will carry on with it.”

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In the video, Valerie says: "It takes two balls of wool to do one sweater. I can't remember what year I started it – I take them all down to Oxfam, 10 at a time."

At the time this article was published the video had been viewed more than 12,000 times.

Graham Newport, manager of the Oxfam shop in Helensburgh, said: "We are inspired by people using their hobbies and skills to help people living in poverty around the world as shown by Valerie Ashworth and the team of volunteers we have in Helensburgh, although we are always looking for more.

"We currently have over 50 volunteers in the shop and are looking for more to help sort donations and to work on the shop floor and in the community."