A WESTHOUGHTON mum is hosting a crafting session for the Australian wildfire.

Sherrie Maycroft, 35, has just opened a studio in the town to teach crochet as part of her new business, Get Hooked with Sherrie.

The mum-of-one is opening the doors to her studio on Saturday to host a drop-in-session for people to come together and crochet or knit items needed by animals affected by the Australian wildfires.

Sherrie said: "I was so upset about the devastation in Australia and on Sunday evening I found a Facebook group called UK Crafters for Australia Animal Rescue.

"They are amazing people, we have UK hubs to post items to, the group is now at 10,000 members.

"This is what inspired me to start making items & hold an event at my business for more people to join me.

"I have always been a lover of animals & nature and I always aim to give back to our wide community."

Sherrie is aiming to host other charity sessions at the studio for Homeless Aid UK, premature babies at the hospital, and for local wildlife charities like bird rescues.

She is currently expanding her online profile via things like YouTube tutorials, blogs, and pattern designing alongside caring for her seven-year-old daughter and teaching crochet in face-to-face workshops.

Eventually, she would like her online work to cover all or most of her costs to focus on giving back to the community.

The event this Saturday hopes to make blankets and nests for injured animals in Australia.

Sherrie will provide as much yarn as she can from her own pocket, but if anyone is able to bring or donate materials for the session then she would be extremely grateful.

She will also provide tea, coffee, and biscuits.

Visit the Get Hooked with Sherrie Facebook page for more information.