Exmouth group brightens RD&E dementia patients’ days

PUBLISHED: 06:30 06 January 2016

Exmouth Crafty Crafters' group members.

Exmouth Crafty Crafters' group members.


A kind-hearted Exmouth community group has tried to brighten the days of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital dementia patients by knitting colourful Twiddlemuffs.

The Twiddlemuff is a soft, knitted muff with buttons, beads and ribbons attached, so dementia patients can occupy their hands.

The craft lovers decided to form the group Exmouth Crafty Crafters after meeting through social network Streetlife, which aims to connect people who live a few streets away.

Paula Hyland, a member of the group, said they wanted to provide dementia patients with a form of comfort in times of distress.

The 51-year-old, of Palm Close, Brixington, said: “We wanted to do something nice for the dementia patients and give them something nice and soft to twiddle with when they need comfort.

“We also knitted scarfs for the scarf-a-thon during the festive season, when we made scarves as Christmas presents for cardiology patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital.”

The group, which formed in May, meets weekly in the Littlemead Church Hall.

Paula said the weekly sessions gave members, who would be ‘lonely’, a chance to socialise.

The maternity support worker added: “We are a group of individuals, ranging in age from 22 to 90, who all love craft. All of our members live in Exmouth and we hold regular craft fairs in the town. We are a fun and friendly group.

“Even though we are all working – you can still be lonely.”

Founder of the group Natalie Morrison revealed she would eventually like to create a craft centre in Exmouth.

The 41-year-old, of Byron Way, Brixington said: “I’d like to, at some point, set up a community hub, where we can make our craft and plan our charity activities.”

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