Hats knitted to boost confidence of cancer patients

Hats knitted to boost confidence of cancer patients (Thinkstock)

Hundreds of hats have been knitted by a group of dedicated volunteers with the sole aim of boosting the confidence of cancer patients.

Rudyard and District Women's Institute's Hats From Heaven project came about after the husband of one of its members was diagnosed with leukaemia.

The group, which meets near Leek, offers the hats to patients who have lost their hair through chemotherapy treatment, The Sentinel reports, at sites such as the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and Manchester's Christie Hospital.

However, the group is very keen to have more WIs join in and help their local hospitals by knitting more hats.

Jean Lloyd, 65, whose 69-year-old husband Ronald is now in remission from leukaemia, told the newspaper: "I have knitted coats for battery hens because they had no feathers, knitted for dogs, and even made teddies, and then I thought that nobody is making hats for cancer patients.

"With hospital parking costs and petrol, everything is an expense nowadays, so I thought it would be nice to give something for free."

The response has been fantastic so far, with more than 500 hats given to cancer patients in the region.

"Anybody who knits will have balls of wool in the house and can probably knit a hat in a day," Ms Lloyd added, before urging more people to start up their own hat donations.

She even recommended trying super soft wools such as cashmere, which can be more comfortable for those patients with sensitive skin, who may find it more difficult to find clothing which doesn't irritate them.

The Rowan Tumble yarn could also be a great wool to try, made from 90 per cent Alpaca and ten per cent Cotton, meaning it is lightweight and snuggly soft, making it ideal for creating warm winter accessories such as hats and scarves.

It could even help make a brilliantly cosy pair of winter bed socks.

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