Knitting fan Florence helps raise funds for Alfreton care home residents 


A great grandmother who has been knitting for most of her life has helped to raise money for residents at an Alfreton care home by selling her creations.

Florence Screen, 93, a resident at The Meadows Care Home, owned by Milford Care, spends all of her free time knitting and says she only stops to eat, drink and sleep.


The little knitted characters that she makes, including knitted snowmen, were sold at a stall at the home’s summer fair on Sunday and will raise money for the social activities fund. Florence used to knit items for hospitals and has raised hundreds of pounds for charity over the years.


Florence, from Riddings, said: “I have been knitting since I was a little girl and was taught by my mum. If I ever felt a little low I would get my knitting needles out. It’s always been my hobby.


“I knit every minute of the day. I only stop to eat. I have always done things for charity and like to make all sorts of things.”


Florence, who was married to late husband Jack for 41 years, also recalls starting work at the age of 14 during World War Two. She said: “I worked in the munitions war factory in Derby. I worked in a small inspection room with nine other people.”


The summer fair included a tombola, cake stall and white elephant stall. It raised funds for future activities at the home.


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