THE sound of clicking needles fills the air once a week at a Sheffield community centre as a group of women gather to harness their creative talents and help worthy causes.
Beighton Knit and Natter group meets at the village’s Lifestyle Centre, making lap blankets for the Northern General Hospital’s palliative ward, baby clothes for Rotherham Hospital’s special care baby unit, and hats, scarves and gloves for the Christmas shoebox appeal, in which presents are sent in shoeboxes to children worldwide.
Bet Brooks, a member of the group, said: “As well, our chosen charity for next year is Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. We will be knitting Christmas stockings for the children to hang by their beds and maybe the parents will put a surprise or two into them. It’s not just a Knit and Natter club – friendships have been formed.”
Bet said joining the group has helped some members with problems such as depression and also provided a chance to learn a skill they have never tried before.
She said: “We have received some positive feedback – a niece of a lady who had died in the Northern General told us that, in her last few days, her aunt had used one of our lap blankets as a comforter. In our small way, we can make a big difference.”
The Knit and Natter group meets on Thursdays, between 10am and noon and is appealing for donations of wool.
Beighton Labour Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris said: “I hold my councillor’s surgery at Beighton Lifestyle Centre and see the ladies there each time I attend.
“They always seem to be having a good time while they knit for good causes – in fact I am thinking of taking some wool and knitting needles with me next time.”