GIVING BACK: Mountain View woman Jenny Vickery has created WARM TOUCH 2460 to help the Clarence Valley community.
GIVING BACK: Mountain View woman Jenny Vickery has created WARM TOUCH 2460 to help the Clarence Valley community. Matthew Elkerton

Generous knitters bring warmth to Grafton hospital patients

WHAT began as one small act of kindness from overhearing of a conversation has turned into a whole town effort to support those in need.

Retiree Jenny Vickery overheard people at the Grafton Base Hospital saying the Oncology Unit needed rugs for their patients.

After losing two of her siblings to cancer, Peter and Denise, this sparked a need to help in the Mountain View resident.

"I thought it is just something I could do locally, I know what these people have been through, I have seen it before," she said.

"I remember a time I went with my sister to get chemo and in the waiting room they had a basket of scarves and beanies and she thought it was a great idea, so I thought I can do that."

What started as a simple call for wool or blankets on a Facebook site has turned into a community group ready and willing to help the Clarence people.

Jenny's group WARM TOUCH 2460 now knit all kinds of woolens from booties for the maternity unit, blankets for the renal unit, blankets for the homeless and soon Knitted Knockers for breast cancer sufferers.

The group has more than 20 volunteers who raise money to buy more wool to knit more garments.

"It has gotten to a point where the ladies are saying 'Jenny what can I knit now? I want to knit more things'," Jenny said.

"This community has just gone over and beyond my expectations."



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