Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Care Home Knitters Are Real Purl-Ers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Care Home Knitters Are Real Purl-Ers

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Byline: Lindsey Sampson Reporter lindsey.sampson@trinitymirror.com

MORE than 80 blankets knitted by Thornaby care home residents have been donated to charities this year, bringing muchneeded warmth to rescue dogs and cats as well as other causes.

Knitting needles have been clicking away in Poplars Care Home, on Thornaby Road, since January when residents started spending their spare time creating coloured squares to then be stitched together into blankets.

After an appeal for spare wool saw bags-full come in, the group of residents were able to step up their efforts, and have already made around 100.

Brenda Smith, activity co-ordinator at the care home, said: "The blankets are lovely and we've so far given them away to charities including the Dogs Trust, Save Our Strays, Cats Protection and the local church.

"Each of the charities have had people come into the home to talk to the residents about what they do and what the blankets will be used for, and it's really nice that they've been able to see where their hard work is going. …

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