Hardingstone knitters make a difference for people with dementia


A group of knitters from Hardingstone have been helping to reduce anxiety for people with dementia. The ladies from Bouverie Women's Institute (WI) in Hardingstone have created 'twiddlemuffs' for dementia patients at Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital

Twiddlemuffs are colourful woollen muffs, decorated inside and out with ribbons, beads and buttons. People with dementia often have restless hands and would like something to keep them occupied. The twiddlemuffs provide a source of visual and sensory stimulation, as well as keeping hands warm and cosy.

The group of ladies from Bouverie WI, along with friends in the community, have generously supported the 'Twiddlemuff' Project' which was started by institute member Sandra Ingram. So far Sandra has been able to donate 24 knitted twiddlemuffs to Kettering General Hospital and 31 to Northampton General Hospital.

 Dr Matthew Davies, Medical Director at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

 “We would like to thank Sandra, the Bouverie WI in Hardingstone and everyone who has helped to make a real difference to people with dementia who are being cared for in hospital. The twiddlemuffs, so carefully created and generously donated, are now helping to alleviate the anxiety of those people with dementia, reducing apprehension and tension.

 “We strongly believe that life doesn't end when dementia begins, so supporting people to live well with dementia is a key priority for the CCG. All of us can make a difference to so many people and their families simply by understanding how it feels to live with dementia and pledging to become Dementia Friends. With support, people can live well with dementia, so every action counts.”

 People can become a dementia friend by watching a special video online and entering their details to receive a free information pack which is full of helpful tips and ideas. Alternatively, people can also become a Dementia Friend by attending an information session in their local area. Full details are available at http://alzheimers.dementiafriends.org.uk/

Sandra Ingram, said:

 “Twiddlemuffs are very easy to knit and enjoyable to decorate. As a group, we are delighted to be able to support our local hospitals. There are many other groups and individuals creating and donating these wonderful items and hopefully it will inspire even more to support such a worthwhile cause.”