Kingston Upon Thames care home residents knitting hats for premature babies

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Keen knitters at Galsworthy House care home in Kingston Upon Thames are casting on to knit hats for premature babies at nearby Kingston Hospital.

 

Activities co-ordinators Irene Giordano and Sue Ottoway have picked out patterns to start work on the hats with members of the regular Tuesday knitting group.

 

Statistics have shown that a hat is very useful to a small baby in helping it regulate its temperature and most premature baby units offer hand knitted hats as a gift as soon as the baby is admitted to the unit.

 

Irene said: “Knitting and crochet are popular with our residents and a great activity for older people as they keep the fingers moving and the brain busy.”

 

Galsworthy resident Diana, 94, added; “My grandmother taught me to knit when I was about 6, I knitted jumpers for my children and grandchildren so it is lovely to carry on knitting here at Galsworthy House.”

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