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Kew House residents donate knitted blanket to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

9 September 2015

Kew House residents donate knitted blanket to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

A blanket knitted by residents at Kew House, our care home in Wimbledon, has been donated to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, bringing much needed warmth to the rescue animals.

The residents in the knitting circle proudly donated the blanket and a selection of dog and cat toys to the rehoming centre last Thursday, where they were also given a tour of the home and the chance to meet some four-legged friends.

Knitting needles have been clicking away at the home, which specialises in residential, nursing and dementia care since last August when the residents formed a knitting circle and started to create coloured squares to then be stitched together into a blanket.

They choose to donate to the charity, after resident and animal-lover Nancy spearheaded the idea.

Resident Nancy Stone, 84 said: “We wanted to donate the blanket that we had made to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home because the staff there do such a good job.  Being able to go and see all the lovely animals has been a real treat.  It was a lovely day and I wanted to take all the animals with me.”

Carly Whyborn, Battersea’s head of operations, said: “We’re so grateful to the ladies from Kew House Care Home for volunteering their time to make our Battersea animals a beautiful and massive knitted blanket, and also for bringing us a huge box of toys for our dogs and cats.

“It was lovely to welcome Ivy, Audrey and Nancy to the Home and we hope they’ll visit us again.”

Lifestyle leader at Kew House, Georgina Miller said: “The knitting circle has been working on their blanket for almost a year now, with our resident Nancy backing the idea that they were to be given to Battersea.

“I’m delighted that we have now been able to visit Battersea with some of our residents, and see for ourselves, the amazing work that the staff and volunteers do there, and the residents really enjoyed the trip.  None of us had been to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home previously so it was a new experience for all of us. We would like to thank them for their hospitality.”

The knitting circle are now working on finishing their next set of blankets which they plan to donate to the neonatal unit at nearby, Kingston Hospital.