WITH the winter season approaching, you can just image how cold the hospital wards are for the little children admitted there.
That is why Good Samaritan, Sue Hiles, has knitted soft toys and jerseys for children at Frere Hospital’s oncology ward. She has been knitting jerseys for charity until she had to undergo an operation in November. That is when she noticed the plight of small children with cancer who had long stays in hospital.
“I have been knitting for many years and I enjoy knitting and I’ve always done home craft. “For quite a long time, I had a craft workshop where people came to learn how to make home crafts with me While in hospital I thought I should just knit some toys and jerseys for the children,” she said.
“I miss our kids. We called those toys our kids because they were like our children and we gave them away and everyone had a name.”
When the GO! & Express visited her home she was busy knitting new toys.
Hiles even names the items she knits. Some of them go by the name of Chichi the panda, Bobo, Teddy and Pink Panther. Apart from knitting, she also finds time to bake homemade meat pies for the Gonubie Bowling Club that she sells for her materials.
Her husband Roly, who likes bowling said he missed their kids – the toys.
“I miss our kids. We called those toys our kids because they were like our children and we gave them away and everyone had a name. So now this is the new generation starting,” he said. Sue said she uses whatever scraps she could to help with her craftwork and would appreciate it if people donated some wool, as she hopes to carry on with knitting jerseys for the children. “I’m not doing this because I want letters of thank you, I just want to see a smile on those children’s faces when they get toys and jerseys,” she said.