Retirement Village Group Contributes To 67 Blankets For Mandela Initiative

Double bed blankets made by Thornhill Manor’s knitters.

Thornhill Manor Retirement Village’s Knit and Knatter group members have continued with their Mandela Day tradition of helping to keep vulnerable people warm over the winter months. Usually, the group makes over 1200 squares, which charity organisation 67 Blankets for Mandela sews into blankets. This year, the ladies instead knitted and crocheted nearly 20 double bed blankets.

‘Malcolm Burroughs of 67 Blankets for Mandela will come to collect the blankets from our security guardhouse and ensure they reach those in need. Apparently, the initiative has not been as well supported as is normally the case, as a result of the lockdown, so we are especially pleased that our Knit and Knatter Group has been able to assist,’ said Jackie Scott, deputy manager of the Rand Aid retirement village.

Eunice Harris, who is a member of Knit and Knatter, annually donates wool to the group. The wool was used by members to make beautiful items for the Neonatal Intensive Care unit and baby wards at the Edenvale Hospital. Elsie Richards, one of Thornhill Manor’s on-call sisters, who also works at the hospital, kindly collected and distributed the items.

Baby items that were donated to Edenvale Hospital by Thornhill Manor’s Knit and Knatter group.

‘The mothers of these babies will be so pleased for the assistance, especially with the cold winter we are experiencing,’ said Scott. ‘Thank you to all the ladies involved in both projects.’