Retirement home residents knit blankets for patients at St Cross

Knitters Dot Curtis-Clarke, Joy Marshall, Liz Hunt, and Twig Zeffert
Knitters Dot Curtis-Clarke, Joy Marshall, Liz Hunt, and Twig Zeffert

It may be the middle of summer, but keen crafters from Lime Tree Retirement Village in Cawston have already planned ahead for colder weather by donating blankets to the Hospital of St Cross.

Over the past few months, four members of Lime Tree Village’s craft group, Dot Curtis-Clarke, Joy Marshall, Liz Hunt, and Twig Zeffert, have been keeping their needles busy by making blankets for patients at the hospital.

Eighteen handmade blankets of different sizes and colours have already been donated to the hospital for patients to use. The group plans to make more in time for autumn.

The group has made items for other charities in the past, but recently chose to start knitting and crocheting items for the Hospital of St Cross. Craft group member Liz Hunt contacted the Friends of St Cross, who put her in touch with Nicky Mathew, Patient Administrator at the hospital.

Liz Hunt said: “We have the time, and we have the skills. It keeps us mentally, physically and socially active. Often people donate the wool to us too. We chose the Hospital of St Cross because as a retirement village, we know many people who use the hospital.”

Twig Zeffert added: “Knitting keeps us busy and we get together for a natter, so it’s nice for us as well as helping people.”

Nicky Mathew, from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: “We’re so grateful to the residents of Lime Tree Village for donating these beautiful blankets to the Hospital of St Cross.

“We know that our patients will love them and that they’ll bring a bit of home comfort to them when they’re on the wards in the winter months.”

The UHCW Charity and the Friends of St Cross are keen to hear from any knitters who would like to make ‘twiddlemuffs’ for patients at either the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby, or University Hospital in Coventry.

Twiddlemuffs are knitted hand muffs with textured items attached inside and out, which have been shown to be stimulating and soothing for patients with dementia and other memory conditions.

To get a pattern or find out more, contact Arts Coordinator, Emma Linnane, at emma.linnane@uhcw.nhs.uk.