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Primary school pupils get knitting for dementia project

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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PRIMARY school pupils from Stockton Borough have been busy helping residents living with dementia.

Children from Junction Farm Primary School have knitted ‘Twiddlemuffs’ – hand muffs which provide visual and sensory stimulation to people with dementia.

They visited Egglescliffe Library to present them to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council for donation to care homes and hospitals across the Borough.

Ian Mackie, a local resident who lives with dementia, was there to receive the children’s kind donation and to talk to them about the condition.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, Councillor Jim Beall, said: “It's great to see children getting involved and helping in the community. The Twiddlemuffs project is running until 19 December and has been a huge success. We have received a great number of the hand muffs and they will make a huge difference for people who live with dementia.

“The Twiddlemuffs are a simple but effective way of managing restless hands, which is a common symptom of dementia. Please keep these very kind donations coming.All Twiddlemuffs will be sent to local care homes and hospitals, making every single one that has been knitted worthwhile.”

Completed Twiddlemuffs can be handed in to any Stockton Borough branch library or at the LiveWell Dementia Hub.

Free knitting instructions are available from Stockton Borough libraries, the LiveWell Dementia Hub in Thornaby and online at

To find out more visit email [email protected] or call 01642 527363.