Hull grandmother knits more than 3,000 toys

Hull grandmother knits more than 3,000 toys (iStockphoto)

A grandmother in Hull has knitted more than 3,000 toys all in the name of charity.

Hull Daily Mail reports that 79-year-old Doreen Wiles has spent the last six years handknitting a range of characters, including Hull City mascots Mr Bean and Bertie Bassett.

Many of the toys are scattered around her home and once they are finished she donates them to the Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind (Herib) where they are sold for £1 each.

She told the newspaper that she loves to knit as it relaxes her and gives her something to do when watching television.

Doreen said: "I enjoy knitting toys in particular, as I can make soldiers, policemen, nurses, football players, jelly babies - anything.

"I have knitted so many now that I can do it with my eyes closed."

She explained that as she herself suffers from a degenerative eye condition she was more than happy to help the local charity.

Doreen said: "It was an easy decision to donate the toys to Herib. I am going blind myself and the charity has been absolutely brilliant to me. I have never wanted to make money from the toys myself. It wouldn't feel right and I wouldn't get any pleasure out of doing it."

She told the publication that she began knitting as a teenager and quickly became hooked.

"It keeps me entertained and stops me feeling lonely," the widowed grandma-of-one added.

By donating the toys she said it was great as she gets the chance to meet lots of new people.

As well as knitting other items such as jumpers and scarves she helps out the local community by baking cakes, making jam and doing odd jobs for her neighbours.

She even used to sing and play the keyboard at local over-60s clubs, however as her eyesight has deteriorated she has had to give up driving and sell her car.

"That's why I decided to donate the toys I knitted to Herib - to help other people like me," Doreen added.

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