Harpenden resident Judith knitting up gifts for children's charity

Harpenden care home resident Judith Higgins has been knitting gifts for Emily's Star.

Harpenden care home resident Judith Higgins has been knitting gifts for Emily's Star. - Credit: Bupa

A Harpenden care home resident has been putting her knitting skills to good use and donating woolly gifts for newborn babies with complex health needs.

Judith Higgins, who lives at Field House Bupa Care Home, has been lovingly knitting garments to donate to local charity Emily’s Star.

The charity supports families and children diagnosed with life-limiting or threatening illnesses, as well as premature babies.

The cause is very close to Judith’s heart, as she lost both of her baby boys 60 years ago. The twins were just seven months old when they passed away.

Judith started knitting for the charity earlier this year and has since made two complete sets of hats, blankets and mittens.

Harpenden care home resident Judith Higgins has been knitting gifts for Emily's Star.

Harpenden care home resident Judith Higgins has been knitting gifts for Emily's Star. - Credit: Bupa


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But she has no plans to stop there, as the avid knitter hopes to donate to the charity every month. The charity has already sent Judith a personal thank you card for her thoughtful contributions.

Judith said: “Knitting is one of my favourite hobbies; I spend a lot of my free time practising new patterns and garments.

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“We realised that I could put my knitting skills to good use and donate the clothes to those who need them most. I hope my creations will keep the children cosy and make the new parents smile.”

Judith has been a resident at Field House Bupa Care Home for two years. She loves getting involved in activities at the home with her fellow residents.

Harpenden care home resident Judith Higgins has been knitting gifts for Emily's Star.

Harpenden care home resident Judith Higgins has been knitting gifts for Emily's Star. - Credit: Bupa

Home manager April Parrott-Carter, said: “Judith loves knitting, and it gives us great pleasure to support her in donating her garments to Emily’s Star charity. Our carers organise the contributions and help post the gifts, but this lovely activity is really all thanks to Judith.

“We always try to encourage our residents to try new activities and take up new hobbies, including knitting if they wish. We have a dedicated activities coordinator at Field House to help plan exciting new endeavours, from arts and crafts to themed parties. Keeping our residents entertained, active and engaged is extremely important to us.”

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