Over 100 twiddle mitts knitted for patients with dementia

Thanks to help from people in the local community, over 100 twiddle mitts have been knitted so far for patients with dementia at King's

Over 100 twiddle mitts donated

Twiddle mitts are simple knitted cuffs, to which a range of items, including ribbons, buttons or beads, can be sewn to provide activity for patients with dementia.

To help raise awareness of the initiative being led by the falls and dementia teams at King’s, and to get as many mitts knitted in one day as possible, a knit-in was held on Friday 27 January. The event went really well with members of the public, patients and staff coming along to take part and knit a mitt. Those unable to knit helped out by sewing items to completed mitts and many people donated materials for the event.

Loretta Anthony, a Falls Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “It’s really great that so many people are getting involved and knitting for our patients with dementia. The knit-in event was an opportunity for people to come together and knit for a great cause. We’re grateful to everyone who took part and to all those who have sent mitts in.”

Dawn Kalu, who attended the knit-in, said: “It was a chance to meet with strangers for a purpose. Rather like quilting bees of the past, the event had an aim but was also a welcome break from outside stresses for the knitters.”

Twiddle mitts are easy to knit and can be made with leftover bits of wool. A twiddle mitt pattern can be found here.

For infection control reasons each mitt can only be used by one patient, so the teams really need as many as possible.

Twiddle mitts can be sent to:

The Falls Team
Unit 1
KCH Business Park
129 Coldharbour Lane
London, SE5 9NY


The Falls Team
Executive Nursing Office
Farnborough Common
Kent, BR6 8ND

Alternatively mitts can be taken to any of the helpdesks for the attention of the Falls Team.

For further information please contact:
Molly Downing
Communications Assistant
Extension: +44 (0)20 3299 3257

Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at www.togetherwecan.org.uk

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