July 28, 2021

Knitting for our Neighbours

One purl at a time, LP Wool Pack are making the world a better place. The charity knitting group, comprised of keen and novice knitters from the Leighton Park community, dedicate their time to producing in demand items for homeless shelters, care homes, animal rescue sanctuaries and hospitals.

On Wednesday 28th July, alongside her fellow wool packers, founding member of the group and English Teacher, Merion Taynton, gathered their impressive collection from the term.

The popular staff ‘Knit and Natter’ group, who can be found doing just that during a free break or lunch, student co-curricular club and Caterina in Year 10, have also generously provided their favourite items for charity. Covering the Cadbury Room, tea cosies, baby booties, cardigans, blankets, mittens, hats and pencil cases were organised into their respective piles to be donated.

Perhaps the most eye-catching creation on display was a huge patchwork quilt. A true community effort, with squares from several Wool Packers, Maths Teacher, Mair Mayers finished the vibrant masterpiece. Whilst this quilt will make its way to Northcourt Lodge Nursing Home, a stone’s throw from the Park, each individual blanket has been given a place to belong.

“Blankets made with thick wool or that are slightly misshapen will be perfect for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.” remarked Merion, who has been in talks with the charity. “As the animals they rescue are rehomed with their blanket, the sanctuary is crying out for these items.”

Recently, Wool Packer, Sally Picken, has even been fashioning twiddle muffs for the group. A twiddle muff is a sensory band that can be worn on the wrist. Made from textured patterns with buttons and baubles, they are now recognised by the NHS for the stimulation and relief they can provide dementia patients with restless hands.

From one knitting group to another, LP Wool Pack, who are overrun with yarn, are also sending their surplus to Lakeside Residential Care Home on Whiteknights Road in Reading.

If you are interested in joining the LP Wool Pack or know an organisation in need, simply join the Facebook group or send an email to Merion.

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