Maddington grandmother pulls out the knitting needles for Guardian Angel Program


Helen Sinclair knits while her dog Rosey keeps her company.
Helen Sinclair knits while her dog Rosey keeps her company.

FOR 20 years, Maddington resident Helen Sinclair has been knitting beanies and blankets for people in need.

On September 16, the 69-year-old grandmother joined a morning tea at the Guardian Pharmacy in Canning Vale as part of the Guardian Angel Program, where participants knit garments for people in need.

About two million garments have been knitted over the past 18 years through the program.

Ms Sinclair mainly knits beanies and and blankets.

She learnt knitting and crochet when she was a child, when she and her grandmother would listen to White Coolies, a radio show about nurses taken captive in Singapore during World War II.

“I just enjoy doing it and I enjoy helping people,” she said.

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“What I am doing at the moment is for the homeless people and I just feel at this time of year it must be awful.”

She said the colder months were her busiest times of year, but she would knit all year round and stockpile some of the garments.

Ms Sinclair said she started knitting beanies and blankets when she first moved to Canning Vale more than 45 years ago and sometimes they did not have power.

She said she always enjoyed seeing people wearing her garments.

“I have occasionally seen a couple of my beanies around – you can sort of recognise them – and it’s nice to see them getting used,” she said.