Care home residents knit for peace


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAResidents at Holcroft Grange, the CLS-run care home in Warrington, have picked up their knitting needles and cast off for charity after a donation of knitting materials from wool shop and craft barn, Black Sheep Wools.


The donation of various wools and wooden knitting needles delighted staff and residents at Holcroft Grange. Buoyed by the generosity of Black Sheep Wools, residents and staff at Holcroft Grange decided to put their newfound knitting skills to good use and give back to those in need.


During fortnightly craft workshops hosted by volunteers from Black Sheep Wools, residents at Holcroft Grange will learn new knitting styles and patterns while creating a series of colourful knitted squares. The squares will be combined into blankets to be donated to Knit for Peace, a charity that distributes donated knitted goods to over 80 outlets, including hospitals, refugee drop-in centres, community groups and to developing countries.


Knitting has been shown to offer a number of benefits to health and well-being. Needlework has been proven to reduce pain caused by arthritis by improving dexterity in the hands and fingers, and, as an intellectually stimulating activity, can also help to significantly delay dementia.


Nicola Newens, Activity Coordinator at Holcroft Grange, commented: “It was great to have so many residents getting involved creatively and turning the knitting workshops into a social event. The residents have really taken to it and some didn’t need instruction at all! Everyone at Holcroft Grange would like to give a huge thank you to everyone at Black Sheep Wools for their kind donation, and we’re all looking forward to learning more about knitting in the future.”


Knit for Peace is an initiative of the Charities Advisory Trust. Since its foundation in 1979, the Trust has been finding innovative ways to raise funds for charity.


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