Knitting for Africa – the pensioners making a difference to those in need

Diane Slatem, left, Janet Day from Ferndown Inner Wheel Club, Kath McHugh, Breda Keppey, June Cutner and Sylvia Johnsone

Diane Slatem, left, Janet Day from Ferndown Inner Wheel Club, Kath McHugh, Breda Keppey, June Cutner and Sylvia Johnsone

First published in News

A CRACK team of knitting pensioners have fashioned a set of intricately crafted blankets in aid of African people in need.

The five women, who live at Grosvenor Court in Suffolk Road, were led by expert knitter Diana Slatem.

Diana said she hopes the group, all of whom are in their 70s and 80s, will capture the imagination of others.

“One of the things I don’t like to do is sit in front of the TV all evening and have nothing to show for it,” she added.

“This is the third batch of 10 blankets we have made since we started a year ago.”

Diana was formerly a member of Ferndown Inner Wheel where she met Janet Day, who collected the ladies blankets on behalf of the organisation last week.

Inner Wheel provides help for countries throughout the world, and one of their many projects involves collecting blankets their members have made to distribute to people in Africa.

Janet said: “We tend to think of Africa as a hot place , but they do have their seasons too.

“Blankets are needed, especially in the winter when the nights can get very cold.

“In orphanages children need something to cuddle up to, as do older people as well.”

The last selection of blankets made by the group went to an old people’s home in Tanzania, and the group hope that their latest efforts are put to similarly good use.

Janet said the help of the women is gratefully received and makes a real difference to people who otherwise would go without the warmth the blankets provide.

One of the knitters helping, Kath McHugh, said it has become a great hobby for the group too.

“It would be nice if we could show others in the community like us who think they can’t knit, that they can,” she added.

Janet said she is keen to encourage others to get involved with the knitting project and others organised by Inner Wheel.

For more details, call Janet on 01202 876400.

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2:19pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?. pete woodley
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2:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

southbourne lover says...

pete woodley wrote:
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this. southbourne lover
  • Score: -1

8:09pm Fri 18 Apr 14

user_name says...

southbourne lover wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.
So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.
[quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.[/p][/quote]So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies. user_name
  • Score: 4

8:20pm Fri 18 Apr 14

user_name says...

user_name wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.
So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.
'Someone' twice. Mistake.
[quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.[/p][/quote]So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.[/p][/quote]'Someone' twice. Mistake. user_name
  • Score: 2

9:02pm Fri 18 Apr 14

southbourne lover says...

user_name wrote:
user_name wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.
So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.
'Someone' twice. Mistake.
Thanks for asking I knit for age UK and Bournemouth Hospital. Also I collect any odd wool for other people to knit. How about you?
[quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.[/p][/quote]So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.[/p][/quote]'Someone' twice. Mistake.[/p][/quote]Thanks for asking I knit for age UK and Bournemouth Hospital. Also I collect any odd wool for other people to knit. How about you? southbourne lover
  • Score: 2

9:11pm Fri 18 Apr 14

user_name says...

southbourne lover wrote:
user_name wrote:
user_name wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.
So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.
'Someone' twice. Mistake.
Thanks for asking I knit for age UK and Bournemouth Hospital. Also I collect any odd wool for other people to knit. How about you?
Yep. I work for a charity in bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.[/p][/quote]So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.[/p][/quote]'Someone' twice. Mistake.[/p][/quote]Thanks for asking I knit for age UK and Bournemouth Hospital. Also I collect any odd wool for other people to knit. How about you?[/p][/quote]Yep. I work for a charity in bournemouth. user_name
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

user_name wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.
So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.
For your benefit i am one of the elderly nearly 80, two lots of cancer ,bad heart (stents), and severe arthritis,what do you want me to do, a marathon,or dig their garden.My wife knits for the hospital,so engage your brain before making stupid comments.
[quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.[/p][/quote]So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.[/p][/quote]For your benefit i am one of the elderly nearly 80, two lots of cancer ,bad heart (stents), and severe arthritis,what do you want me to do, a marathon,or dig their garden.My wife knits for the hospital,so engage your brain before making stupid comments. pete woodley
  • Score: -2

9:21pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

user_name wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
user_name wrote:
user_name wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.
So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.
'Someone' twice. Mistake.
Thanks for asking I knit for age UK and Bournemouth Hospital. Also I collect any odd wool for other people to knit. How about you?
Yep. I work for a charity in bournemouth.
I have worked for many charities,and lots of other voluntary work, but do not go around bragging about it or have ago at someone i do not know.
[quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.[/p][/quote]So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.[/p][/quote]'Someone' twice. Mistake.[/p][/quote]Thanks for asking I knit for age UK and Bournemouth Hospital. Also I collect any odd wool for other people to knit. How about you?[/p][/quote]Yep. I work for a charity in bournemouth.[/p][/quote]I have worked for many charities,and lots of other voluntary work, but do not go around bragging about it or have ago at someone i do not know. pete woodley
  • Score: -4

9:21pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

user_name wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.
My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.
So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.
For your benefit i am one of the elderly nearly 80, two lots of cancer ,bad heart (stents), and severe arthritis,what do you want me to do, a marathon,or dig their garden.My wife knits for the hospital,so engage your brain before making stupid comments.
[quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Have we no English pensioners that need blankets ?.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. I know of old people who use blankets to cover their knees or put round their shoulders when they sit in a chair for hours on end. Surely they could receive help like this.[/p][/quote]So are you doing something for the elderly in the UK? Or Africa ? Why criticise someone someone helping others. Well done ladies.[/p][/quote]For your benefit i am one of the elderly nearly 80, two lots of cancer ,bad heart (stents), and severe arthritis,what do you want me to do, a marathon,or dig their garden.My wife knits for the hospital,so engage your brain before making stupid comments. pete woodley
  • Score: -2

9:22pm Fri 18 Apr 14

user_name says...

Good for her. I commend her for that. But why comment about these lovely ladies ladies knitting for Africa? They are doing something for someone else and that's all that matters.
Good for her. I commend her for that. But why comment about these lovely ladies ladies knitting for Africa? They are doing something for someone else and that's all that matters. user_name
  • Score: 4

10:10pm Fri 18 Apr 14

southbourne lover says...

user_name wrote:
Good for her. I commend her for that. But why comment about these lovely ladies ladies knitting for Africa? They are doing something for someone else and that's all that matters.
I just think we send huge amounts of cash to these other countries. Anything else we do should benefit people here first and when they are all taken care of we can start thinking of other countries.
[quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: Good for her. I commend her for that. But why comment about these lovely ladies ladies knitting for Africa? They are doing something for someone else and that's all that matters.[/p][/quote]I just think we send huge amounts of cash to these other countries. Anything else we do should benefit people here first and when they are all taken care of we can start thinking of other countries. southbourne lover
  • Score: -3

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