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Knitters needed for a helping hand

twiddlemittsAre you a keen knitter, or do you prefer to crochet? If so, your skills could make a difference for an elderly person in hospital.

Manchester Royal Infirmary and Trafford General are reaching out to local hobbyists for help making handmade 'twiddlemitts' for patients with dementia. A twiddlemitt (below) is a hand held muff that has been designed with added buttons, beads, ribbons and zips to provide simple stimulation for active hands, while also keeping them warm.

Having something to 'twiddle' can have a calming effect on a person with dementia, and a direct impact on the quality of their life.

Nicola Johnson, Dementia Nurse Specialist said: "Twiddlemitts can be an excellent way to ease the distress some people living with dementia may experience whilst in hospital. We would love you to be involved - they're great fun to make and such a worthwhile cause.

"This initiative is part of a larger programme we're working on here at Central Manchester Hospitals to improve the experience of our patients with dementia."

If you would like to make a twiddlemitt, or even a few, they will be gratefully received by nursing staff at the hospitals.

Patterns are available below for both knitted and crocheted patterns. Click the link for the pattern you need:

Knitting pattern

Crochet pattern

If you would like to find out more then please don't hesitate to contact Nicola Johnson by e-mailing nicola.johnson@cmft.nhs.uk

Please send your completed Twiddlemitts to the addresses below:

Trafford General: Joanne Berry, Management offices, Trafford General Hospital, Moorside Road, Manchester, M41 5SL.

MRI: Nicky Johnson, C/O The Quality Improvement Team, 1st Floor Cobbett House.