Nursing home resident knits for those in need

Resthaven Murray Bridge resident Betty Preece has started a knitting group which will contribute to making blankets for Real Time Heart-Based.

This post was contributed by Resthaven Murray Bridge.

Tricia La Bella and Betty Preece lead an online knitting workshop via Zoom from Mrs Preece’s nursing home room. Photo: Resthaven Murray Bridge.

Resthaven Murray Bridge resident Betty Preece has been knitting away for Knit a Care Square, a community project where anyone can contribute towards knitting blankets for those in need.

Knitting individual squares, participants mail them to Real Time Heart-Based, whose founders, Tricia La Bella and Nigel Stedman, personally knit them all together.

These blankets are then sent to various organisations to be distributed among people who are doing it tough, showing the power of a community that comes together.

“Betty and her daughter Tracey have been significant and valuable contributors to our project, so far helping form 500 blankets that have been put together and donated to the needy,” Ms La Bella said.

“Tracey donates a lot of the material and Betty knits the squares to send to us.

“They’re the dream team.”

On May 22, Mrs Preece featured on a Zoom session with the Real Time Heart-Based community.

“We were thrilled to visit her,” Ms La Bella said.

“We had a good chat with her and learnt so much about what it means to give.”

Mrs Preece said she wasn’t too bothered about going live – she was happy to do it to spread the word about what Knit a Care was doing for the community.

“The best part was when Tricia said to me ‘oh look, your daughter’s watching’ after only a few minutes of starting,” she said.

“I was speechless.”

Mrs Preece also had the idea of starting a Knit a Care Square group at Resthaven, to encourage other residents to keep busy and give back to the community.

It met for the first time on June 2.

“Half of the group were excited to be involved in the project, while the other half were going just for the banter,” Mrs Preece said.

If her contribution to Knit a Care Square has inspired you, perhaps you could visit their website and start knitting yourself.


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