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Aldringham care home residents knit for those in need

17th April 2019

Residents at Aldringham Court Nursing Home in Aldringham, between Leiston and Aldeburgh, are making a difference to local people and to those across the globe, through their fantastic knitting efforts.

91-year-old resident Joyce Lugo has been knitting intricate, brightly coloured jumpers for charity for the past 10 years.  Joyce’s jumpers are taken to the Leiston Charity Shop, which then ships them to Africa to be distributed to young people in need of help.

Joyce became involved with the charity through a friend who lived at Paxton Chadwick Housing with Care and has continued with her efforts whilst living at the home.

In addition, the home has a knitting club as part of its activities programme, and seven of the female residents have been creating knitted bonnets and blankets for the Special Care Baby Unit of Ipswich Hospital.

Every few months, staff and residents from the home take a delivery of knitted items to the hospital which are then distributed to babies and their parents in the unit.

Deputy Manager of the home Elena Dolniceanu said “It’s wonderful watching Joyce and our other residents at work with their knitting.  They find it enjoyable and therapeutic; and love our ‘knit and natter’ sessions as part of our knitting club.

“To be able to then donate their items to people in need both in Suffolk and in Africa is fantastic, and we are extremely proud of them for helping people in this way.

“As a home, we try very hard to make a difference within our community and our residents are very keen to help charities and other local organisations in any way they can.  We will continue to grow our knitting club, along with other charitable events and activities throughout the year, and would always welcome any donations of wool so that our knitters can keep on knitting!”

Aldringham Court is based on Leiston Road in Aldringham near Leiston and provides residential and nursing care for up to 45 people.  For more information on the range of services provided, visit or call 01728 832191 .