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The ASPH Knitting Club

The ASPH Knitting Club has delivered 23 hand-knitted twiddle muffs to Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Dementia Team who will gift them to patients over the coming weeks. People with dementia often have restless hands and twiddle muffs have various items stitched to them which keep dementia patient’s hands busy and warm.

The knitting club welcomes new members and meets on Tuesdays in the EduKitchen at St Peter’s Hospital between 4 and 6pm. If local knitters can’t make the club, but would still like to be involved, they can knit at home and bring donations into the main hospital receptions at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals with a label marking them for Voluntary Services. You can find the twiddle muff pattern here.

Lucy Romo, Voluntary Service Coordinator, explains: “My mum has dementia so this is something close to my heart. I had joined a knitting club close to home, but I thought this would be a lovely opportunity for our volunteers, so I set up the ASPH Knitting Club here at the Trust. The Dementia Team was delighted with this first batch of twiddle muffs, and we look forward to knitting many more.”

Ellen Bull, Interim Chief Nurse, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank all the volunteers that take the time to knit for our patients and those that donate the materials. These twiddle muffs provide our dementia patients with a calming, tactile and sensory experience.”


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