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Retirement residents get charity donations all sewn up

8 April 2016
Residents with their crafts

Retirement residents from Leeds have been crocheting and giving to charity thanks to their new craft club.

Warm blankets

Kind-hearted residents from Sanctuary Housing’s Whinwood Grange have been making blankets which they have donated to the Salvation Army and the neonatal baby unit at St James's University Hospital – part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Poppy Appeal

Other members of the club have been creating pretty crocheted poppies to sell, with half of the profits being donated to the Royal British Legion, and the rest being put towards more crochet materials. Residents have also made decorative celebration cards, which are sold at events to buy wool and other material to crochet the blankets and poppies.

Resident Dorothy Botham said: “As we were being lucky enough to learn new skills at our craft club, we decided we wanted to give back to the local community and I hope the blankets have been of use to the charities.”

Scheme manager, Vilma Appleyard, added: “The first thing the residents thought of after setting up the craft club was making things to donate to charity, which goes to show how community-spirited they all are.

“The residents would like the club to become self-sustainable through the sale of the goods they craft. Sanctuary’s support is really helping to develop the capacity of the residents to deliver and manage a community-led project, as well as encouraging them to socialise and interact with their neighbours.”

The craft club was set up by residents following funding from Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.