Annie’s knitted forget-me-nots for Dementia Awareness Week
Annie Lewis, 95, has knitted more than 450 Forget-Me-Nots, the symbolic flower for the Alzheimer’s Society to mark Dementia Awareness Week, 17th – 23rd May. The knitted flowers have been on sale at Jewish Care’s Southend & Westcliff Community Centre, raising more than £1000 so far which will presented to the Alzheimer’s Society at an afternoon tea on Thursday, 21st May.
The 95 year old knitter is a member of Jewish Care’s Southend & Westcliff Community Centre and she has lived in one of the 17 independent living apartments at Jewish Care’s Shebson Lodge, located directly above the Community Centre, for the past five years.
Sue Haswell, Dementia Care Coordinator at the Jewish Care Community Centre, has supported Annie’s prolific knitting projects and helped to sow the pins on the flowers.
She says, “Annie is always looking for her next project so I suggested that she could knit a Forget-Me-Not flower. Annie created her own design straight away and as ever the results have amazed us.
“I was hoping we could raise £100 but Annie was aiming for £1000 and she has already raised in excess of that. We’d like to thank her family and friends and the local community for giving us all their support.”
Karen Tappenden, Assistant Manager at the Southend & Westcliff Community Centre added, “We are delighted to be able to support the Alzheimer’s Society and are particularly proud of Annie and Sue’s great achievement.”
Previously, Annie has knitted poppies for Armistice Day 2014 with a friend at Shebson Lodge raising over £2000 for local charities.
The money will be donated in memory of Frances Threadgold, whose daughter Louise Threadgold is Assistant Operational Manager at the Centre. Frances lived with Alzheimer’s for the past few years before she passed away in 2015.