May Noonan Centre by Lyndoch Living resident Bev is knitting for a good cause.
So far, Bev has knitted over 100 beanies for Backpacks 4 VIC Kids. An Australian charity that provides essential material aid to displaced children.
Bev has used wool available at May Noonan and purchased a batch advertised on Facebook, totalling approximately 100 balls of yarn so far.
Bev said the beanies are best in 8ply, so you need to double it when using the 4ply yarn to make it thick enough. Bev makes the pattern up as she goes and, depending on the wool, will mix up the colours to try and make them bright and colourful.
“I keep the pattern basic, so you can pick up and knit any time. This afternoon people were singing, so I sat listening and was able to keep knitting.”
Bev said it might take her a day, or a day and a half, to knit one beanie. It just depends on what she is doing each day.
Bev has managed to reach the milestone as she commenced at Christmas and plans to keep going.
“This is the second year I’ve knitted beanies for this charity. As I have more time now, I can knit more,” said Bev.
She would sometimes knit jumpers and doll clothes for her kids when they were younger but likes to keep things simple now.
“At May Noonan, a group of us would get together. One person would knit teddy bears, another would sew the bear together, and another person would sew the eyes, nose and mouth. Then, we would donate them to hospitals or doctors as a present for children.”
Bev also knits beanies for other residents and even some of the team in between knitting for charity.
Thanks for caring Bev!
“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown”
Family of Living@Home clients
“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the Living@Home team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs”
Family Member of Living@Home client
“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed”
Leanne (daughter of Living@Home client)
“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide”
Family Members of Living@Home clients
“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch Living@Home team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role”
Michelle (Living@Home client)
“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband. This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to”
Christine (Living@Home client)
“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!”
Maurice (Living@Home client)
“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands. I could not ask for anyone better”
Joan (Living@Home client)
“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to be very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!”
“I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.”
Stuart (Swinton East)
“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“
“I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids,
they’re all so nice!”
John (Lake Lodge)
“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff”
Margaret (Lake Lodge)
“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life”
Lynette (Swinton East)