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Sheffield residents knit for local baby charity

23 July 2020

Residents from a Sheffield retirement service have spent lockdown knitting clothes for a local baby charity.

Roman Ridge resident with a hand-knitted baby cardiganRoman Ridge resident Beryl Hewitt with a hand-knitted baby cardigan.

The residents’ knitting group at Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Roman Ridge, which offers apartments with onsite care, support and amenities for over-55s, have been busy knitting beautiful cardigans and jumpers for Baby Basics, a local volunteer-led charity.

Baby Basics supports new mums and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby, by providing much-needed essentials such as clothes, toiletries and baby equipment.

The Roman Ridge knitting group chose to support the charity because they wanted to do something positive for people in their community, especially given the hardship faced by an increasing number of people since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Janet Axelby, one of the Wellbeing and Inclusion Assistants at the retirement service said, “The residents have done an amazing job with knitting so many cardigans and jumpers for Baby Basics, they’ve been so generous. They normally meet up and knit together once a week, but due to lockdown, many residents have been isolating in their apartments. Knitting for charity has been a great way for them to keep themselves occupied, whilst also doing something kind for a good cause.”

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