Nuns from Sanctuary Retirement Living scheme Rosary Priory knitting for Dementia Awareness Week

Nuns knit and natter for Dementia Awareness Week

22 May 2017

A group of keen knitting nuns living at a supported living convent in Bushey have been getting crafty to combat dementia as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

The Sisters, who live at Sanctuary Retirement Living’s (SRL) Rosary Priory Convent, on Elstree Road, have put their knitting skills to the test and created nearly 70 colourful hand warmers covered with buttons and ribbons to provide comfort and sensory stimulation for people with dementia.

Nuns from Sanctuary Retirement Living scheme Rosary Priory knitting for Dementia Awareness Week Nuns at Rosary Priory Convent in Bushey knitting for Dementia Awareness Week.

With some of the Sisters living with dementia themselves, the group invited residents from a neighbouring care home to join them for a tea party at which they donated some of the hand warmers to them.

Staff at local Watford General Hospital are also interested in receiving a donation to benefit their patients living with dementia

Lauren Randell, SSL’s activities coordinator at Rosary Priory, said: “The Sisters play a key role in the development of their service, helping to shape events and activities they want to get involved in.

“Knit and Natter gives them an opportunity to use something they enjoy doing to make a difference to other people’s lives. We have presented them all with special certificates and they were all really proud of what they’d achieved.”

Dementia Awareness Week, which ran from 14 – 20 May, is the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual flagship awareness-raising campaign.

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