Over the summer the ladies of Broadstone Methodist Knit and Natter Group turned their skills to a variety of projects. They are thinking ahead and started knitting and crocheting poppies for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and as I write this they are going very fast and have proved popular.
They were also knitting hats, gloves and small toys and bags that were available, for a small donation, to go into The Link to Hope Shoe Box Appeal. These boxes provide a little comfort to families and the elderly in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and the Ukraine, where they often live in appalling conditions, with no running water, heating or electricity.
We held our Harvest Festival on 11 September. Once again the Knit and Natter group had been busy and were able to give to representatives of ‘The Potteries Nursing Home’ 10 knitted and crocheted lap blankets.
On 21 September three members of the group went to Poole Hospital where we were able to donate 19 Memory ‘Twiddle’ Mitts. Kate Jones and Lynsey Paul who are associate dementia nurse specialists were delighted to receive the mitts. They informed the group that it was important to the dementia unit to be able to have these mitts to give, as each patient receives their own mitt. “Having something to hold and ‘twiddle’ can have a calming effect on a person with dementia, the textures, the added accessories, and warmth of the memory mitts provide stimulation and can help improve the experience people with dementia have in hospital. “They are an excellent way to help to combat the restlessness and agitation that a patient with dementia may experience.
You may also have seen the group at the Royal British Legion Hall on 25 October taking part in the ‘50+ Information Day' that was organised by Lesley Shand/Douch Funeral directors and Dorset Partnership for Older Peoples Projects (POPP). This was a well attended event and it gave the group an opportunity to show their skills as well as to encourage potential new members to the group.
Finally, the group has continued with their regular support to knit and crochet over 200 items for premature babies. These are sent to Preemies UK via Lesley Shand Funeral directors who provide us with the baby wool. What a busy time for all!
The group meet in a relaxed friendly atmosphere over a cup of tea or coffee, every Monday at 10am - 12 noon (except bank holidays) in The Sanctuary at Broadstone Methodist Church. You can bring your own project or you can join in one of the charity projects, where wool and needles are provided. All skills are welcome.