A resident at The Wolds Care Centre in Louth has knitted a staggering 108 hats for premature Ukrainian babies as part of a charitable initiative organised by the local branch of The Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club of Louth and Inner Wheel is supporting the ‘Hats for Ukrainian Babies’ appeal and is calling for local knitters to get involved. The knitted baby hats will sent to people in Ukraine displaced by the ongoing war.
When 99 year old resident Joan heard about the appeal she jumped at the chance to get involved. Joan is a resident at Louth-based The Wolds Care Centre, owned and managed by HICA Group, a not for profit organisation that provides care services across Lincolnshire, including Louth.
Joan said: “The war in Ukraine is truly awful and I wanted to help and show my support. I really enjoy knitting so when I heard about the appeal I couldn’t wait to get involved.
“It’s been a challenge, but a very rewarding one, and I’m so pleased I’ve managed to make nearly 110 baby hats. It’s certainly kept me busy!”
The Rotary Club has 40,000 members in over 1,500 local clubs in Great Britain and Ireland. Members volunteer their time and talents to support good causes including promoting peace, fighting disease, saving mothers and children and growing local economies.
Michaela McGlynn, manager at The Wolds Care Centre, said: “Joan is an amazing lady who is a very popular and likeable character within our home and her energy and determination to help others is an inspiration to all.
“It’s no mean feat to hit treble figures in knitted hats. She’s done an incredible job and been extremely kind and resilient to knit as many as she has – a donation that will make a big difference to those in war torn Ukraine.”