Warrington Hospital invites community to donate knitting

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Warrington Hospital has come up with an unusual scheme to make it a more dementia-friendly space.

Last week bosses launched the project and invited a string quartet to the Lovely Lane hospital to play for patients as they revealed that they were looking for help from the local community.

Warrington Guardian reports that staff are urging residents in the town to grab their knitting needles to make a series of items known as twiddle muffs.

These are designed to keep those with dementia warm and also give them something to keep their hand's busy.

Each of the soft material muffs will be knitted using a variety of coloured wools and will feature attachments on the outside and inside.

These include strands of textured ribbons, beads and various fabrics.

While these items could be costly if purchased online, staff are hoping that generous volunteers might choose to help with the project and put their knitting skills to good use.

Chief executive at the hospital, Mel Pickup, said: "A lot of people have come to the town at the same time and are now all ageing at the same rate.

"We are seeing more and more people with dementia as more people are living for longer so we want to make the hospital a more dementia-friendly environment."

As part of transforming Warrington Hospital into a more welcoming place for those with dementia, staff are looking for people to donate items and old photos to help them to create memory boxes and decorate the walls.

"We're asking people to search through their attic and see if there's anything they don't mind donating to us from major industries or schools," Ms Pickup said.

She went on to say: "Bearing in mind the majority of our patients are in their 80s, pictures from the era when they were younger, 1940s and 1950s would be ideal."


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