Bandon Grammar School Initiative Rallies Young and Old to Knit though the recent ‘Lockdown’ for Good Causes

It may be true to say that this pandemic has had the most impact on the lives of the young and older people who live in care homes. As a way of connecting the young with some of those older people, Bandon Grammar School launched a wellbeing initiative at the start of the last lockdown in January, requesting  students and staff, their parents or grandparents, relatives and friends to knit or crochet a 6inch square and return them  to the chaplain at the school.

The purpose of the squares was to make up knee blankets for older people who live in care homes in the hope that the blankets would provide warmth and comfort to an older person and help them to know that there is a community beyond their own who thinks and cares about them.

The response to this appeal  was overwhelming and over fifteen hundred squares were returned to the school  in an array of colours and stitches from every corner of the county and beyond.

At a short outdoor socially distanced  gathering  the students presented the blankets to Ms. Clare O’Donovan from Bandon Community Hospital, Ms. Mary Nolan from  Clonakilty Community Hospital and  Ms. Lisa Howard St Luke’s Home in Cork.

The school would like to thank most sincerely all those who took part in this project. 

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