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Sale care home residents knits for new born babies

A resident at New Care’s Ashlands Manor Care Centre, located on Ashlands in Sale, put her knitting skills to good use, making an assortment of cardigans and hats for new born babies at Wythenshawe Hospital.


Olive Lumb, aged 94, loves to knit and wanted a challenge, so she decided to knit some essential items for the neo-natal department at her local maternity ward.


Olive created a basket named ‘Completed Baby Knits’ and got to work.  When the basket was full to the brim, she liaised with the care home’s wellbeing and activities coordinator who arranged a visit to the maternity unit so that Olive could hand deliver her gifts in person.


Olive says: “I really enjoy knitting and it was great to be able to knit for the newborn babies at Wythenshawe Hospital.  I was thrilled to deliver the cardigans and hats to the neo-natal ward and meet with some of the nurses, who said the items would be greatly appreciated.”


Olive’s son, Ian Lumb, who accompanied Olive to Wythenshawe Hospital, adds: “Mum is a talented lady and loved by all.  She is naturally very caring and wanted to do something to help others and the family are so proud of her and what she achieved.  It was wonderful to be by mum’s side as she gave her gifts to the nurses at Wythenshawe Hospital.”


Debbie Winstanley, wellbeing assistant at Ashlands Manor, concludes: “We encourage all residents to continue with their hobbies and interests, as well as try new ones, with the aim of stimulating and retaining independence, both of which are so important.  Olive loves to knit and it was lovely to see her busy during the day making the cardigans and hats for the newborn babies.


“She was determined to hand deliver the items to the maternity ward and it was a pleasure to organise this for Olive.  The hospital staff welcomed her with open arms and could not thank her enough for her kind donation.”


Ashlands Manor is an award-winning, expertly designed, purpose-built 57 bed care home.  It features fully furnished bedrooms, each with a private en suite wet room, plus a selection of communal lounges and dining rooms.  It also has a nail bar, hairdresser, landscaped gardens and outdoor terraces to the first floor.  The care home provides outstanding residential, dementia and 24 hour nursing care services.


Part of the McGoff Group, New Care is one of the UK’s leading care home providers.  Its portfolio of purpose-built ‘new generation’ care centres is fast gaining an enviable reputation for outstanding care that is second to none.  For further information, please contact the team on 0161 905 0760.

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