Tight knit group help good cause

By AMY LEWIS

Published 18/08/2015 | 00:00

Some of the jumpers made for premature babies donated to Wexford general hospital.
Some of the jumpers made for premature babies donated to Wexford general hospital.
front, Niamh Murphy, Betty Scisson, Patsy Spring, Assumpta Brady, Barbara Murray and Lorraine Cummins. Back, Rita Mc Dermot, Colette Colley, Rosemary Murray, Bernie Lewis, Bernie Dixon, Claire Browne, Anne Finnegan and Jean Gouldsbury.
Some of the jumpers made for premature babies donated to Wexford general hospital. LEFT:

A group of over 20 knitters in Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park have been getting crafty for a cause as they stitch together some beautiful creations to help those most in need.

Anne Finnegan, Bernie Dixon and Jean Gouldsbury, spend much of the weekly meetings creating tiny jumpers and hats, which they donate to hospitals for premature babies. Most recently, the Dublin ladies donated almost 30 hats to Wexford General Hospital.

'I have knitted for a long time and I used to always have leftover wool,' said Anne. 'So I started to use it to make the jumpers and hats.'

The women have also donated the garments to several other hospitals, including Holles Street, the Rotunda and the Coombe. Bernie is currently knitting some baby blankets, which she also hopes to donate.

The three ladies aren't the only ones lending their skills to a good cause. Every member of the group has knitted several squares, which will be sewn together to make a large patchwork quilt. Once complete, the quilt will be auctioned off in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

'We each knitted around ten squares,' said Rosemary Murray from Dublin. 'We will put them together and hope to auction the quilt off next summer.'

This is not the first time that the group have raised money for cancer. According to Rosemary, the members put money towards the cause at each meeting.

'Everyone puts three euro in a jar when they arrive,' she explained. 'We raised over €300 last year but I reckon we will exceed that this summer.'

Jean has been going the extra mile for the charity with her colourful tea cosies. The cosies, which are sold in the holiday park shop each year, have proven to be extremely popular amongst holidaymakers. According to the ladies, Jean's 'pineapple tea cosy' is a much sought-after item.

The group meet each week during the summer months in Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park. Although the season is coming to a close, the members won't be putting down their needles, saying that they will continue to knit throughout the winter.

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