Pearsall: Knit and Natter group helping Genesis CancerCare WA patients


Eleanor Rigby and Carol Gates from Knit and Natter with Aileen Eiszele from Genesis Cancer Care. Picture: Martin Kennealey d475721
Eleanor Rigby and Carol Gates from Knit and Natter with Aileen Eiszele from Genesis Cancer Care. Picture: Martin Kennealey d475721

A GROWING group of knitters has been making beanies, blankets and shawls for patients receiving cancer treatment.

Members of the Knit and Natter group, which meets in Pearsall, have been making garments for Genesis CancerCare WA patients as well as premature babies and seniors.

Eleanor Rigby, of Tapping, said the group started in 2011 with six members and had grown to about 130, with 60 of those meeting every Tuesday.

“We do the beanies and blankets and shawls for people going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy,” she said.

“A lot of our ladies have been either touched by cancer themselves or have relatives with cancer – we thought it would be nice for us to create something that they could have.

“We drop them off at Genesis; they put them in a basket with a little note ‘please help yourself’.

“They can take the beanies that they want.”

Genesis CancerCare WA’s marketing and relationship manager Aileen Eiszele said patients were appreciative of the beanies, which are supplied free of charge to those receiving treatment at Shenton House in Joondalup.

The group meets at the Pearsall Hocking Community Centre every Tuesday from9am to noon and on the first, third and fifth Sundays of every month from 1-4pm.

“We have a lot of seniors as our mainstay and we get a slightly younger group on the Sunday,” Mrs Rigby said.

“If people are knitting and crocheting for the charities we support, we supply the yarn as well.

“We are always happy to have new members.”

Mrs Rigby said last year the group made 10,161 items in total.

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