Hucknall brain injury unit gets some special homemade presents

Knitters and crocheters from Hucknall have been putting their skills to good use during lockdown to make blankets for patients at the brain injury unit in the town.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:30 am

The knitting experts were responding to the latest appeal put out on Facebook by Hucknall resident Jan Lees, who co-ordinates the mass creativity.

She said: “In Hucknall we have a fabulous community of knitters and crocheters.

I frequently put a call out on Facebook for charities or organisations that like homemade crafts and then we make items for all those that respond.

Jan Lees and her knitters and crocheters have made blankets for the brain injury unit
Jan Lees and her knitters and crocheters have made blankets for the brain injury unit

"The wonderful community of Hucknall always respond proactively.

This latest initiative has been for handmade lap blankets.

"I have been able to take large amounts of the donated blankets to care homes and the brain injury unit in Hucknall.

"We also have an ongoing collection for our neo natal units where our community have made hundreds and hundreds of bonding squares, blankets, hats and premature baby clothes.”

This is just the latest big project Jan and her fellow knitters and crocheters have done to help people and groups in the town.

She continued: “In November, we had thousands of knitted poppies decorating our market place in Hucknal and recently, the community have also started making hundreds of knitted hearts and spring-themed items to decorate our local park.”

If you go and visit Titchfield Park right now, you can see some of the group’s splendid handiwork as Jan has been out in the last week busily decorating parts of the park with the items they’ve made.

She said: “Over the past year when many people have had to isolate or stay at home, making items to support and brighten our community has given people purpose and helped to encourage good mental health.”

The group is always looking for more items, whether it’s to help organisations like the brain injury unit, support local projects or good causes, or just create seasonal items to decorate parks or add something extra to events.

If anyone has items they have made they want to donate, they can drop them off at Ideal Cars on Beardall Street in Hucknall, which is kindly storing them for Jan.