When a health team’s annual charity ball had to be cancelled due to social distancing measures, a specialist nurse responded in the best way she knows how – knitting!
Every year the Macmillan lung cancer nurses hold an event and donate all of the proceeds to cancer treatment.
Around £60,000 has been raised to date – all split between the lung cancer fund at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.
When it became clear that this year’s winter event would not be possible due to the effects of COVID-19, lung cancer nurse and keen knitter Jeanette Draffan decided to do her bit by making and selling these soft toys.
So far, Jeanette has helped raise £450 for the two funds and has a long list of orders backed up for the next few weeks.
She said: “When we made the decision to not hold the lung cancer ball this year, I knew I had to do something to make a contribution to the fund.
“I have always loved knitting and have spent a lot of time doing so over the whole period of the pandemic.
“I came up with the idea to make these toys which are weighted with sand and can be used as a useful door stop.
“The response so far has been absolutely fantastic – thank you so much to everyone who has supported it.
“Anyone who would like to make an order can contact me through my Facebook or Instagram pages.”