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Knitters prove they have heart – lots of them

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

In January we made an appeal for knitted hearts to allow families to feel close to their relatives as they battled COVID – and the response has been immense.

With services in NHSGGC far busier than during the first wave, we appealed for local communities to pick up their knitting needles and crotchet hooks again to support our ‘From the Heart’ campaign.

One lady from Duntocher took it one step closer – by attaching little heartfelt poems which she had written herself.

This gentle reminder is here to say,
You are loved and missed every day!

Josie Torrance (75), who had helped first time round, was one of the first to respond to our appeal.

She said: “I just wanted to help, so I put some wee messages in, to let them know they were loved. I just wanted to do something to help.”

As well as being a skilled knitter, Josie set to work writing little poems to include with her beautiful hearts.

Nae widden heart wid comfort ye
So here’s a wee knitted yin
Jist big enough tae fit yer haun
Wae ma love aw knitted in!

 Josie added: “Me and my husband are doing ok, but I know so many people are having a difficult time. I hope my hearts – and my poems – help a little.”

Assistant Chief Nurse Sandra Blades says her team were delighted at the great response to the appeal.

She said: “People are just so kind. The response has been incredible – we’ve been blown away.

“When Josie’s parcel arrived you could feel there was so much love and thought had gone into her work and the messages were just beautiful.

“I want to thank everyone who has responded. It means so much to know you are with us in these difficult times.”

Please send your knitted hearts to: ‘From the Heart’ campaign, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, JB Russell House, Gartnavel Royal site, 1055 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0XH. Please also include your name and email address or postal address if you don’t have one.


Notes to Editors

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Last Updated: 11 November 2021