Freda has Easter all sewn up with ‘Eggcellent’ idea

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An 89 year old grandmother has been busy knitting Easter themed egg cosies in order to raise money for the residents fund at her care home.

Freda Walter, who has been a resident of the Derby-based Milford House for nine years, has knitted a mix of around 30 Easter chicks and egg cosy bobble hats, raising a total of £85 so far, with more to be made.

Demand for the cosies has grown so much that Freda has even enrolled the assistance of Nicki Beeston, a staff member at the home, to help make pom poms for the creations.

Freda said: “I have been knitting them every Easter for several years now and we always sell quite a few.

“I can only knit in bed lying down, so that’s why I have to use the shorter needles. I’m not very good at making the pom poms though, so that’s when I asked Nicki to help.”

Nicki Beeston, who works at the care home, said: “She asked me if I could help making the pom poms, and I am always happy to do anything to help the residents.

“I’m even making a handbag which is made of pom poms to sell, with the money from that also being donated to the residents fund.” The knitted egg cosies are being sold for £2.50 each, or four for £10, and come with a crème egg inside.

Freda added: “I have made these every Easter for the last several years and I even get orders for them from the residents and their families. I like to make them for the summer fare as they’re always popular.”

All money raised is donated to the residents fund, which enables the home to purchase a variety of activities for the residents including monthly entertainers, trips and meals out.

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