The knitting skills of our residents at Linden House Care Home in Surrey are being put to good use to help give some tender loving care to the dogs and cats at Battersea.
They have been hard at work creating patchwork blankets to keep the stray and abandoned pets at the famous animal shelter settle in and keep warm.
This labour of love is part of a varied programme of arts and crafts, entertainments, and outings organised by Pip, our activities coordinator.
We love to help our residents nurture their interests and hobbies. In fact, many of those who got knitting have fond memories of their own pets.
Pip, who plays an important role at Linden House in Epsom, said: “Our residents are real animal lovers! We often have dogs visiting the home, which really brightens up their day.
“We always try to encourage residents to try new activities and hobbies, including knitting. Some of our residents were already expert knitters and they’ve been teaching others. This has been wonderful to see.
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to take something like knitting and turn it into something positive. We have all relished the thought of helping these poor animals and the charity when they need it most.”
This initiative by Linden House is vital to Battersea, which has three sites that each cater for up to 450 cats and dogs.
This is because each animal is given a blanket on arrival, meaning thousands are needed each year.
When they find their forever home the blanket goes with them to help provide much-needed comfort and familiarity when settling into their new surroundings.
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