Thornhill Manor knitters continue tradition of caring

Thornhill Manor’s Knit and Knatter Group has continued to extend a helping hand to those in need despite the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Just because we are in lockdown, it does not mean that our generosity, desire to assist and charity work ceases. The needs of others continue, no matter what,” says Jackie Scott, the deputy manager of the Rand Aid retirement village.

“One of our residents, Eunice Harris, who is part of the village’s Knit and Knatter Group of ladies, annually donates wool to the group. This was used by members to make beautiful items for the neonatal intensive care unit and baby wards at the Edenvale Hospital. The mothers of these babies will be so pleased for the assistance, especially with the cold winter we are experiencing,” says Jackie.

Elsie Richards, one of Thornhill Manor’s on-call sisters, who also works at the hospital, kindly collected and distributed the items.

The Knit and Knatter members have also continued with their Mandela Day tradition of doing their bit to keep vulnerable people warm over the winter months. Usually, the groups makes over 1 200 squares which charity organisation 67 Blankets for Mandela sews into blankets.

This year, the ladies instead knitted and crocheted nearly 20 double bed blankets.

“Malcolm Burroughs of 67 Blankets for Mandela will come collect the blankets from our security guardhouse and ensure they reach those in need. Apparently, the initiative has not been as well supported as is normally the case, as a result of the lockdown, so we are especially pleased that our Knit and Knatter Group has been able to assist.

“Thank you to all the ladies involved in both projects,” says Jackie.

The beautifully crafted baby items that were donated to Edenvale Hospital, courtesy of Thornhill Manor’s Knit and Knatter Group.

The 20 double bed blankets made by Thornhill Manor’s knitters.

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