Edgewater knitters helping keep Wheelchairs for Kids warm with blanket donations

Mercy Place Edgewater residents and knitters Jean Collins and Mary Cramp. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Mercy Place Edgewater residents and knitters Jean Collins and Mary Cramp. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A GROUP of seniors are knitting to help overseas children with disabilities.

Residents at Mercy Place Edgewater restarted the group after a hiatus following the death of its former leader in May.

The members, aged in their 80s and 90s, meet weekly to knit blankets for Wheelchairs for Kids, which delivers them along with wheelchairs to children in need across the world.

Resident Mary Cramp said they chose to assist the charity after a volunteer who visits the facility told them about it.

“We are happy to help the children and their parents, as without Wheelchairs for Kids they wouldn’t have access to wheelchairs,” she said.

“We don’t have anybody else to knit for, our children and grandchildren are all grown up, but now we do; it’s great to knit for a good cause.”

She said it was also a great social activity.

“What I enjoy about knitting club is the friendliness of it, it’s a happy hour, we knit, we chat, we laugh,” she said.

“It brings us together as a group and it’s good to know our knitting will help so many people.”

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