Welwyn Hatfield knitters needed to help dementia patients

PUBLISHED: 10:48 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:48 18 May 2017

Welwyn Garden City Peartree councillor Helen Beckett.

Welwyn Garden City Peartree councillor Helen Beckett.

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Councillors are encouraging Welwyn Hatfield knitters to knit up some bits to comfort dementia patients.

Peartree councillors, Helen Beckett and Steve Roberts, who are both Dementia Friends, are helping to promote Dementia Awareness Week in Peartree by contacting businesses, schools and other organisations about the local Dementia Action Alliance.

They would also like to encourage any knitters out there to support people with dementia by knitting a Twiddlemuff.

Twiddlemuffs are hand knitted muffs with interesting bits and bobs attached to them inside and out, for example, buttons, furry material or beads.

They are very simple to make and they are used across the country in many homes and hospitals to relieve the stress and agitation dementia can cause whilst also keeping hands warm.

Councillor Beckett said: “We know that there are many groups and individuals who already knit hats, blankets and other items for different causes but if they would like to knit something different for a change then please would they contact us and we will send them a pattern.

“We have already spoken to care homes locally that are keen to accept items.”

Email helen.beckett@welhat.gov.uk or call 01707 320112 if you would like to knit something for the cause.

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