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Knitting for Charity back by popular demand

R to L: Lyndsay O’Donnell, Senior Physio, Leona Alves, John Harrison, Hannah Sargison, Senior Chartered Physiotherapist, Emily Fish , Nikki Stearman, James Plant, Grace Collins, Melanie Tippins. Published Friday, 18th February 2022

The Knitting for Charity course that provided Dementia patients at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust with knitted mittens is back.

The course will teach learners the basics or help more advanced knitters develop existing skills by taking part in several projects that aim to create something beautiful for patients living with advanced stages of dementia.

The knitted and crocheted creations will be passed onto the Trust for Dementia patients at both Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch once the course has finished in April.

Starting on Tuesday 1st March, the five week-long course will once again take place online every Tuesday and will be ran by Worcestershire County Councils Adult Learning team.

Councillor Marc Bayliss cabinet member for Economy and Skills at Worcestershire County Council said, “We have a wide range of adult learning courses available through the council suited to everyone and it’s always lovely to see positive feedback from learners.

Therefore, due to popular demand we’re delighted to deliver Knitting for Charity once again for craft enthusiasts across Worcestershire to create gifts for patients at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. We’re proud to deliver a course that has such a positive effect on the community.”

Donna Kruckow, Lead Nurse for Older People at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We’re so pleased to hear this course will be running again as the knitted mittens received at Christmas were hugely appreciated. They offer a lot of benefits to our patients, not only do they put a big smile on everyone’s faces but the sensory elements help to reduce anxiety. They are highly sought after here, so we kindly encourage everyone to get involved.”

This course is provided free of charge through Government funding for learners who meet one or more of the following criteria. To be eligible you must satisfy at least one of the requirements.

More information on eligibility and course details can be found on the Courses Directory pages of the County Council website.