Stitches of kind­ness

Midland Reporter - - News -

KNITTERS at a Les­mur­die aged-care fa­cil­ity have made dozens of baby blan­kets for new­born and pre­ma­ture ba­bies at King Edward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

Mercy Place Villa Maria’s knit­ting club meets weekly to hand­craft the blan­kets.

Res­i­dents Peggy West, Wilma Dougherty, Mar­garet Trus and Mar­garet Jones are also teach­ing the craft to staff.

Villa Maria ser­vice man­ager John Her­bert said the res­i­dents con­cerned were both tal­ented and car­ing, and a part­ner­ship with St Swithun’s Church to help de­liver the blan­kets was prov­ing a hit.

“So many of our res­i­dents have been keen to join the club and take part in the creative process of mak­ing the beau­ti­ful blan­kets,” he said. “It’s cer­tainly very re­ward­ing for them and we can see that by con­tribut­ing to a great ini­tia­tive, their own lives are also be­ing en­riched.

“The ini­tia­tive is turn­ing into a real com­mu­nity af­fair too, with vol­un­teers at the church fin­ish­ing off the blan­kets, and help­ing to get them to the hos­pi­tal.”

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Knitters Pat Don­ald­son, Peggy West and Mar­garet Jones.

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