Technicolour dressing gowns to keep elderly warm this winter

Hazelgrove Court Care Home resident Pat Keleher knitting a belt for a dressing gown as part of a Knit for Peace UK initiative

JOSEPH’S technicolour dressing gowns were knitted by Hazelgrove Court care home residents in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

Residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, on Randolph Street, created the gowns for elderly people to keep warm this winter in their own homes.

They were taking part in a Knit for Peace UK initiative, which encourages knitters to produce items for those in need.

The care home residents chose to make dressing gowns by knitting six by six inch squares and then attaching them together to create the finished piece.

The gowns take 114 squares to produce, as well as a knitted belt to match.

WW2 exhibits bring back memories for veteran Jimmy

veteran Jimmy at WW2 exhibit

A SECOND World War Merchant Navy veteran took a walk down memory lane when he visited South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

Veteran Jimmy Mahoney, 95, was visiting the museum with fellow residents from Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

After entering an exhibit of a kitchen and sleeping quarters for crewmen during the War, he recalled memories from his time in the Merchant Navy.

He left school at 14 and joined as a cabin boy, prior to the start of the Second World War, and eventually worked his up to deck hand.

When asked by a member of the care home staff if the sleeping quarters were comfortable, Jimmy said: “It didn’t matter. You were so tired you just wanted to go to sleep.”

Smile For Life Children’s Charity’s pop-up care home café

Smile For Life Children’s Charity’s pop-up care home café

A POP-UP café was created at a Tyneside care home by young adults with learning difficulties.  Smile For Life Children’s Charity visited Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, to run the temporary café for the elderly residents and their visitors.

They served cakes and scones while chatting and making friends with those living at the home.

The youngsters shared stories from their camping trip to Norway, organised by the charity, talking about how cold it was and what activities they took part in.

Resident Ethel Smith was joined at the café by her daughter, Pauline, who said: “The youngsters are an inspiration.”