Close-knit pair help out

Marlene Johnson (Kardinya) and her grandson Jayden Fisher (Willagee) with Bibra Lake Pharmacy owner Denise Kelly. Picture: Martin Kennealey d424410
Marlene Johnson (Kardinya) and her grandson Jayden Fisher (Willagee) with Bibra Lake Pharmacy owner Denise Kelly. Picture: Martin Kennealey d424410

His grandmother Marlene Johnson, of Kardinya, said Jayden’s Aspergers had meant he found it hard to concentrate for long periods of time or engage in extra-curricular activities.

But, when he took an interest in Marlene’s knitting, it became clear that he was an excellent student of the craft.

‘It only took him about a month to pick it up and he really learnt quite quickly,’ Marlene said.

‘He sits in my recliner in his own little world, happily knitting away.

‘I tell him ‘you look like nanny sitting there’ and he thinks that’s funny. He always picks all my best wool colours too.’

She said Jayden has been busily knitting to create blankets and other items that could be donated to charity along with Marlene’s annual donation.

The lucky recipients of Jayden’s efforts were Guardian Pharmacy’s Guardian Angel Knitting initiative, which collects knitting from residents and distributes it to those in need of some extra warmth. Marlene said she delivered a contribution to the Bibra Lake pharmacy each year and Jayden had wanted to contribute.