Gravesend tenants knit and natter for local hospital

Tenant Jean Johnson knits
Tenant Jean Johnson knits

With the chilly dark evenings drawing in, tenants of Watling Court are planning to keep busy by knitting goodies for the baby unit at Darenth Valley Hospital.


Tenants of the extra care scheme in Ifield Way, Gravesend, have been putting their weaving skills to excellent use by stitching plenty of blankets, booties and hats, which they plan to donate to the local hospital.


Watling Court carer, Wendy Preece, started the weekly ‘Knit and Natter’ sessions, which take place on Fridays between 6-8pm, as she is a big fan of knitting. She soon found that the tenants love knitting too as now over 20 tenants attend each week.


During the weekly sessions, the tenants gather around the table in the conservatory to knit their goods, whilst enjoying a gossip over a cup of tea and slice of cake.


Wendy said, “I started the club as a lot of the tenants enjoy knitting. I thought if I run a club for them, they could socialise with other tenants whilst enjoying their hobby, which is great for them!”


Helen Goulding, scheme manager of Watling Court said: “The number of tenants attending these Friday knitting sessions has really grown over the past couple of weeks, it’s wonderful that so many of them want to get involved.”


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