Knitters at Mercy Place Villa Maria make blankets for babies

Knitters making blankets for new born babies at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
Knitters making blankets for new born babies at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

KNITTERS at a Lesmurdie aged-care facility have made dozens of baby blankets for newborn and premature babies at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Mercy Place Villa Maria’s knitting club meets weekly to make the blankets.

Residents Peggy West, Wilma Dougherty, Margaret Trus and Margaret Jones are also teaching staff the ins and outs of knitting.

Villa Maria service manager John Herbert said the residents concerned were both talented and caring, and a partnership with St Swithun’s Church to help deliver the blankets was proving a hit.

“This really is a fantastic initiative, not just for the babies who will benefit, but also for our residents who are really enjoying sharing their incredible talent for knitting with our Mercy Health staff,” Mr Herbert said.

“So many of our residents have been keen to join the club and take part in the creative process of making the beautiful blankets,” he said. “It’s certainly very rewarding for them and we can see that by contributing to a great initiative, their own lives are also being enriched.

“The initiative is turning into a real community affair too, with volunteers at the church finishing off the blankets, and helping to get them to the hospital.”