Mercy Place Edgewater residents receive knitted love

Karen Gilmore and Eleanore Rigby from Knit and Natter with Mercy Place Edgewater resident Jeff Miller. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490853
Karen Gilmore and Eleanore Rigby from Knit and Natter with Mercy Place Edgewater resident Jeff Miller. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490853

KNITTED blankets, bed socks and shawls will keep Mercy Place Edgewater residents warm this winter.

The not-for-profit aged care home recently received the donation from the 60 talented northern suburbs residents who meet every Tuesday at the Pearsall Hocking Community Centre to knit and natter for charity.

Tapping resident Eleanor Rigby, who started the club with her daughter in May 2011, said the group had donated more than 55,000 items to a range of charities including Mission Australia and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, as well as patients at Joondalup Health Campus and young children entering emergency foster care.

She also fundraises throughout the year to purchase the wool.

“We meet every Tuesday and the ladies get a huge kick out of coming along and doing what they love, and in the process helping babies, children, adults and seniors who really need it,” Mrs Rigby said.

“When we go to Mercy Place Edgewater, it’s wonderful to see the residents pick out which blankets they would like and take them to their rooms where they often have pride of place at the end of their beds, and we all get great pleasure in seeing the happiness on their faces.”

Service manager Alison Devonport said they were very grateful to the knitting group for donating their time and talent so generously.

“The items we receive are stunningly crafted and it’s obvious how talented the knitting group,” she said.