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North Devon Hospice donates 'Twiddlemuffs' to local Memory Cafe

16th November 2017





A charity knitting event has had a doubly positive impact in the community, as a local Memory Café has benefitted from the donation of several ‘Twiddlemuffs’

Twiddlemuffs are knitted circles of wool, with sewn-on attachments designed to keep hands busy. They are used for Dementia patients, who frequently experience restless or fidgety hands as a familiar symptom. These Twiddlemuffs were produced as part of North Devon Hospice's Knit & Natter fundraising event. Groups of knitters get together across the area and are sponsored for how much they can knit in two hours, and this year knitters were asked to produce Twiddlemuffs.

Sponsorship raised through the event helps the hospice care for local patients and families, while the Twiddlemuffs have now been donated to a local Memory Café, where they can benefit those affected by Dementia.

Annie McKiernan, who runs Memory Cafes in Barnstaple and South Molton, said it was a win-win situation. “We’re very grateful to receive these Twiddlemuffs, and it’s fantastic that the Knit & Natter fundraising event has produced another positive spin-off” she said. “We run Memory Cafes in Barnstaple and South Molton, and they offer a safe and relaxed environment for people to get support, information or address issues. It is not just for those with Dementia, but anyone with memory problems, plus their family and friends.”

Gerard Fawcitt, from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, said it was a pleasure to donate the Twiddlemuffs somewhere they will be put to good use. “The Knit & Natter is a fantastic event, as we have an army of keen knitters who take part and raise sponsorship every year. This year we asked them if they would consider knitting Twiddlemuffs, as we knew they could benefit local people affected by Dementia. So it is a pleasure to donate these to our local Memory Café project. Of course, the café is not just for those with Dementia, but there are a number of people affected who come along, so we hope these Twiddlemuffs will provide relief for restless, fidgety hands.”

The Memory Café takes place on the first Friday of the month, from 10am – 12pm at Barnstaple Library, and the second Thursday of the month, from 10.30am – 12.30pm, at South Molton’s Amory Centre. The project is greatly supported by Tesco, who provide the refreshments as well as volunteer support. To find out more, please contact Annie McKiernan on 07855837077.

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