Stitches of kindness
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.”
Knitters Pat Donaldson, Peggy West and Margaret Jones.