To encourage older people in Wakefield to keep warm and well this winter, local people are invited to take part in the Knottingley knit-a-thon and help knit the longest scarf in Knottingley
Organised by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s health and wellbeing development team, members of the team will be visiting community venues in Knottingley and Ferrybridge throughout October and November to give people an opportunity to get involved and create their very own section. Individual sections will then be knitted together to make the scarf.
Jackie Sharp, health and wellbeing development worker said, “We are organising this event to highlight the importance of keeping warm during the colder months of the year. Ensuring that older people wear a hat, scarf and gloves when outdoors will help them to keep warm and well this winter.
“We also decided to organise the knit-a-thon as an opportunity for people throughout the community to come together – as social inclusion and interaction can give a real boost to a person’s mental wellbeing.
“Once completed, the scarf will be turned into a blanket that we are donating to the Hope Centre in Castleford, which provides space overnight for those without a place to sleep during the winter months.”
If you would like the knit-a-thon to visit your community group, contact Jackie on 01977 705473 or 07881 595968. People can also donate double knitting wool that will be used in the challenge by contacting Jackie or bringing it along to a session.
The next knitting sessions for the knit-a-thon will be held on:
• Monday 8 October at Ferrybridge community centre, from 10am to 12 noon
• Monday 15 October at Beulah Court Independent Living Scheme, Knottingley, coffee morning, from 10.45am to 11.45am
• Tuesday 16 October at Knottingley Library, from 3.00pm to 4.00pm
• Wednesday 17 October at St Botolph’s Parish Rooms, Knottingley, from 10am to 12pm