Knit togetherSES, 10 August 2020
A wonderful pastime and a helping hand
We’re making time spent in reception more interesting for our patients and, ultimately, their efforts here more rewarding for those in need.
Our knitting project first started in 2019 when Rose, one of our fantastic nurses, suggested the approach. She had seen a similar scheme in action while working in Sydney and thought it could be helpful here at Southern Eye.
We were more than happy to try it out. Treatment can be just one part of a patient’s time here – and there’s often a little down-time either between different tests and assessments being carried out or waiting for eyes to dilate. Knitting seemed a good way to pass the time. Since then the initiative has gone, row by row, from strength to strength.
The patients love the scheme, with many saying the opportunity to work on the squares has reignited the ‘knitting bug’.
Wool is donated regularly and this is then knitted into squares by patients. Once these squares are completed each is sent to the wonderful Diane Breeze.
From her home on the West Coast Diane has been knitting baby clothes for various charities for many years now. She expertly knits the squares together into various pieces before returning them to SES. These beautiful blankets are then donated to the Dog Watch Sanctuary Trust and the gorgeous baby clothes go to Pregnancy Help.
The patients love the scheme, with many saying the opportunity to work on the squares has reignited the ‘knitting bug’. And it’s not just the patients who enjoy the relaxing pastime – some of the SES team are taking their ‘work’ home with them and also knitting through lunch to add to the collection. It’s a fantastic result that’s been a win-win-win.
The kitting initiative wouldn’t have been possible without a community that supports it. A big thank you to the wonderful Diane, to Rose who came to us with the idea, and to all of our patients who decide to pick up the knitting needles and begin that first row.