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Sam Walker’s Low Impact Class knits for dementia patients

Friends and fitness fanatics who attend Sam Walker’s Low Impact class at Grange Leisure Centre have joined forces and are putting their knitting needles to good use knitting Twiddlemuffs for patients with dementia.  
Twiddlemuffs are knitted woollen muffs with items such as ribbons, large buttons or textured fabrics attached that patients with dementia can twiddle in their hands whilst on the wards at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. People with dementia often have restless hands and like something to keep them occupied. The Twiddlemuffs provide a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation at the same time as keeping hands snug and warm.

The idea for the project came from after Wendy Brown obtained a dementia muff pattern and brought it to Sam Walker’s Low Impact Class at Grange Leisure. From that day on the knitting circle started.  The group is now taking muffs to the GW Hospital, local care homes and dementia clubs. “We are hoping that more friends will come forward to put their knitting skills to good use and make more Twiddlemuffs. They are an excellent way of helping to combat the restlessness and agitation that may be experienced by patients with dementia”.

Recently Orchid Care home wrote to the knitting group saying “I would like to extend our thanks to you, the residents at the Orchid Care Home will get great pleasure from being able to twiddle with the muffs.”  

The group would like to thank the many ladies who have knitted, supplied wool and all the goodies that go into the dementia muffs.  Special thanks to Maureen Perkins, Teresa Green, Judy Smyth, Pheonha Bartlett, Rosemarie Scofield, Wendy Brown and the wonderful lady of 101 years young.  A final word of thanks must go to Sam Walker who has enabled the fitness class to bring their knitting project to life.

If anyone would like to contribute to the project with donations of wool, oddments or full balls, plus decorations – large buttons or beads, ribbons, squishy things etc will also be gratefully received. Simply leave donations at Grange Leisure on Grange Drive, Swindon, SN3 4JY.