Charities across the region receive donations from Morpeth care home ‘Knitting Queen’A Resident at HC-One’s Foxton Court care home in Morpeth, known as the homes ‘knitting queen’ has been knitting products to give to charities over lockdown.

Foxton Court Resident, Catherine Ferrier, 95, is a keen knitter who enjoys getting her knitting needles out every day. Catherine has resided at Foxton for 6 years and is always keen to help out in anyway she can, from knitting baby blankets to knitting premature baby hates for various hospitals.

Earlier in the year, Colleagues at Foxton got in touch with the charity ‘Tiny Lives’ who they met at the RVI in Newcastle to give them knitted items for premature babies. Catherine received a lovely letter of thanks from the staff at the RVI and the often keep in touch.

“I love children and helping others. I worked in a charity shop voluntary for years before the shop closed down,” said Catherine.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Catherine went on to knit all the staff masks to protect staff and Residents during the coronavirus outbreak. More recently, Catherine decided to knit some wonderful Remembrance Day poppies to sell to staff and their friends to raise money for the British Royal Legion. 

Catherine’s poppies were a hit across the North East as people started to catch on and she ended up raising an impressive £56.50, selling over 20 poppies for her friends and staff at the home. 

Now, for Christmas, Catherine has an idea to knit Christmas tree gifts and is in the process of doing so. The home is always excited to support Catherine’s knitting projects and can’t wait to see what she does next.

Foxton Court Home Manager said: “It’s great to see Catherine knitting for all these great charities, she has even tried to teach me how to cast on. She’s a real credit to our home,”