Tunbridge Wells care home knits blankets for rescued pets
by Andy Tong | 6th February 2019
RESIDENTS at Birkin Lodge Care Home in Tunbridge Wells have been knitting blankets for the Last Chance Animal Rescue Centre in Edenbridge.
The Kentish charity rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes unwanted or abandoned pets, including cats and dogs.
Susan Anderson, the centre’s manager, visited Birkin Lodge and returned with two blankets which were presented to cats Jinx and Hilda.
Anne Slack, Florence Moralle, Melba Latter and Theresa Horsley had knitted squares for the patchwork, which were sewn together by volunteers Terry Coltard and Carol Snowball.
Susan brought along Molly, a two-week old French bulldog puppy, who proved a big hit with residents, bringing back memories of the pets that they owned in their younger days.
Clinical studies have shown that interacting with animals has a therapeutic benefit for people facing health challenges.
Contact with pets increases mood-boosting hormones and decreases stress, resulting in enhanced wellbeing, especially among the elderly.
Susan said: “It was a pleasure to come in to meet and talk to the residents of Birkin Lodge.
“We are thrilled that they are helping us by knitting beautiful, cosy blankets for our dogs and cats to help keep them warm this cold winter. We are very grateful for their kindness.”
Kalypso Moraiti, Magic Moments Club Assistant at Birkin Lodge, said: “Our residents were so pleased to present the dog blankets to Last Chance Animal Rescue.
“They are really keen to continue to contribute to society and to their local community – a stitch and a row at a time!”
Magic Moments are vibrant, stimulating activities that help people at Brighterkind homes like Birkin Lodge to keep feeling fulfilled in their daily lives.