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Blanketed in love

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Blanketed in love thumbnailPictured at the Village Hall in Portballintrae, the crochet group meet every Thursday (men welcome) from 2pm to 4pm. The ladies show off their work that they donate to the Renal Unit at Antrim Area Hospital.

BUSHMILLS woman Rosemary Dunbar is well known locally for her big heart and kindness to others, only recently earning herself a BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queen's New Year Honours list.
So it will come as a surprise to no-one that Rosemary and her crochet buddies are currently knee deep in wool making blankets for those who attend the renal unit at Antrim Area Hospital. Rosemary, who receives dialysis herself at the hospital, said it was during one of her dialysis appointments she realised there was a shortage of nice cosy blankets for patients and vowed to put it right.
She said: "When you're receiving dialysis you can be lying down on the bed for quite a while, it can get cold.
“I noticed there weren't always enough blankets for everyone there so the ladies at the Portballintrae crochet group agreed to make blankets and donate them to the unit.
“We are also a knitting group, we're currently knitting wee hats and coats for premature babies. Crochet isn't good for wee babies as their fingers can get caught in the bigger holes but knitting is perfect."

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