Golden Girls’ baby gifts

Knit­ters do­nate work to hos­pi­tals

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

The Golden Girls based in Cathkin Com­mu­nity Hall have been busily clack­ing away with their knit­ting nee­dles.

And the kind- hearted over- 60s group took the fruits of their labours to two chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals.

They vis­ited the new Yorkhill and the Princess Royal Ma­ter­nity to pass on peace blan­kets and hats they had knit­ted and cro­cheted for pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

Peace blan­kets are used to wrap up ba­bies who are still­born. Par­ents can keep them as a mem­ory of their child .

“Staff at both places were ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the do­na­tions we made,” said Frances Dun­smore, who helps run the group.

“The nurses at Yorkhill took the hats and put them on new ba­bies in the in­ten­sive care ward while we were there. We were over­whelmed. It was such a thrill,” she added.

The group had been taught how to cro­chet and knit the pre­ma­ture baby hats by two of their older mem­bers, Lily O’Con­nelll (80) and Mary Fallen (84).

“We are in­debted to them for pass­ing on their skills,” said Frances.

The ladies have now moved on to their next project: knit­ting smoothie hats for Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Project (LEAP) at Cam­bus­lang.

Golden Girls meets ev­ery Thurs­day from 1pm un­til 3pm at Cathkin Com­mu­nity Hall.

It is open to women over the age of 60 and they have lunch, play bingo, knit and go on out­ings through­out the ses­sion.

The lead­ers are El­iz­a­beth In­gram and Rose Kennedy, helped by Frances Dun­smore.

Blan­ket cover A nurse at the Princess Royal Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal with some of the mem­bers’ work

In stitches Mem­bers of the Golden Girls with some of the items they knit­ted

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