RESIDENTS at our sheltered scheme, Yeoman Lodge, have been thanked by midwives for knitting gloves, hats and blankets for the natal units at Broomfield Hospital.
Having decided to start the knitting project two years ago – when one of the resident’s grandchildren was admitted to the neo-natal unit at Broomfield Hospital – the eight residents have continued to meet every afternoon in the communal lounge to spin yarns and wool over afternoon tea.
Paulette Harris, a midwife at Broomfield Hospital, said: “It is absolutely lovely what the residents here have done. All of the garments are very welcome and are used in the labour and post-natal wards as well as the low risk birthing unit. Not only are we very grateful for their donations, so are the new mums.”
Sandra Hugget, Yeoman Lodge manager, added: “The group was established to encourage residents to keep up and share their skills with other residents and teach them to knit and crochet. It also gives residents an opportunity to socialise with their friends and neighbours while swapping patterns and ideas.
“The residents decided they would like to donate the items to a local charity and chose Broomfield as lots of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been born there and they wanted to thank them for the excellent care their families had received.”