Welwyn Garden City woman tackles cancer by knitting

PUBLISHED: 09:38 09 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 09 February 2017

Sonia Chittock with some of the scarves she has knitted with Cancer Research staff (L-R) volunteers JT Thomas, Rita Davis, manager Yaser Alam and assistant manager Niki Redfern.

Sonia Chittock with some of the scarves she has knitted with Cancer Research staff (L-R) volunteers JT Thomas, Rita Davis, manager Yaser Alam and assistant manager Niki Redfern.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A Welwyn Garden City woman is making sure her cancer doesn’t ‘rule’ her by knitting scarves and donating them to a Cancer Research UK shop.

Sonia Chittock with some of the scarves she has knitted for Cancer Research.Sonia Chittock with some of the scarves she has knitted for Cancer Research.

Sonia Chittock, 40, of Mill Green Road, was diagnosed in September last year with grade three breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes.

The former care worker for the elderly began chemotherapy last week, and has taken up the hobby of knitting scarves and donating them to charity.

Sonia has been donating scarves to the Cancer Research UK store in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City.

The shop has a number of different scarves made by Sonia in an array of colours and patterns.

Sonia Chittock with some of the scarves she has knitted with Cancer Research staff (L-R) volunteers JT Thomas, Rita Davis, manager Yaser Alam and assistant manager Niki Redfern.Sonia Chittock with some of the scarves she has knitted with Cancer Research staff (L-R) volunteers JT Thomas, Rita Davis, manager Yaser Alam and assistant manager Niki Redfern.

Sonia told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Knitting takes my mind off the cancer and it gives me something to do. I’m at home a lot while I go through chemo so it’s a nice hobby and it’s therapeutic.

“I can also make personal scarves for people if they want something in particular.”

Sonia discovered her cancer while cuddling her partner Dave, who felt the lump.

Sonia added: “Dave told me to go straight to the GP so I did but by that stage the cancer was quite far along.

Sonia Chittock with some of the scarves she has knitted for Cancer Research.Sonia Chittock with some of the scarves she has knitted for Cancer Research.

“I’ll be honest I didn’t check my breasts before this, I just never imagined it happening to me.

“Women need to be aware that they should check their breasts and girls need to be taught in school the importance of checking your breasts.

“I won’t let my cancer rule me.”

WGC’s Cancer Research UK store manager Yaser Alan said: “We want to make the shop more exciting and stylish so we are checking over all goods before we put them out to make sure they are in the best condition.

Sonia's handmade scarfs.Sonia's handmade scarfs.

“We also have unity bands on sale for £2 that we will be selling during February in honour of World Cancer Day on February 4.”

If you want a scarf personally made, you can contact Sonia’s partner Dave by emailing gibsondave86@gmail.com


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