Some of the St Martins knitters: Doris Gray, Angela Foley and Gaynor Giovannini
Residents and friends of St Martins residential care home in Gillingham, Dorset, are knitting up a storm to provide warmth for vulnerable children at home and abroad.
Residents have knitted small hats and jumpers for premature babies at Yeovil and Salisbury hospitals and slightly bigger hats for diabetic babies. Jumpers have also gone to Africa through the Knitting project organised by the Feed the Children UK charity.
“Residents knit the fronts and backs of the jumpers and Mavis Harvey, the home’s activities organiser, does the sleeves,” says Kristie Chubb, deputy home manager at St Martins. “Mavis has also organised the whole community into taking part and we are all very motivated.”
St Martins is one of 16 homes in Dorset operated by Poole-based Care South, a major provider of high quality residential and home care in the south of England.
Kristie adds: “Many of our residents have always loved to knit, and this is helping them to do something they enjoy as well as knowing that it is going to provide such useful support to children who need it.”