Sunday, June 16, 2024

Lady knitters come to aid of care home

NIMBLE-handed ladies have been busily knitting and nattering throughout year to provide presents to residents of Bluebell Court.

On Thursday (3December) four knitters made their way to the Bluebell Court nursing and residential care home in Stanley Road, Grays, to pass on knitted presents to residents.

The ladies meet up at Mahoney Hall, based at the Fairfax Road complex in Tilbury, and the hall is a hive of activity through the week with activities including knitting, card crafting and chair-based exercises often led by the council’s portfolio holder for adult social care and health, Cllr Barbara Rice.

Edna Mcbride, Thelma Callender, Thelma Falconer and Bonnie Day all regularly attendees said the project was win-win. Ms Callender said: “There are about ten of us that regularly meet up, but we’re open to more!”

Ms Falconer added: “We’re a welcoming bunch – lunch is on offer and good conversation is free to anyone who can get there.

“It keeps my hands supple and its lovely we can give some warmth to Thurrock residents – next year we’re planning to knit for the homeless.”

The group of ladies are on the search for more wool for 2016 and would welcome donations.

“No amount of wool is too small – we can knit with anything,” Ms Mcbride added.

Cllr Rice helped arrange for the ladies to get to Grays, and she said: “It’s simply inspiring.

“We’re all disappointed and worried with the constant talk of cut backs and reducing finances – sometimes it feels like that’s all we hear about.

“But then you find out about something like this. It is so important we encourage, celebrate and really support those people and groups who come together to help their neighbour or even those they don’t know.

“They are true heroes.”

If you have any wool at home you are unlikely to use, please drop it off to the ladies at Mahoney Hall.


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