Bunbury Bel Canto Singers donate to King Edward Memorial Hospital

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Bunbury Bel Canto Singers Marie Quinn, Janet Annis, Sue Norminton, Joy Watts, Barry Watts, Bill Kirk-Burnett and Lesley Kirk-Burnett hand hand-knitted clothing to King Edward Memorial Hospital social worker Clare Dimer.
Camera IconBunbury Bel Canto Singers Marie Quinn, Janet Annis, Sue Norminton, Joy Watts, Barry Watts, Bill Kirk-Burnett and Lesley Kirk-Burnett hand hand-knitted clothing to King Edward Memorial Hospital social worker Clare Dimer.

Eight members of the Bunbury Bel Canto Singers travelled to Perth recently to donate Easter beanies to King Edward Memorial Hospital.

It was the second year running the group had visited the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit to make a donation of hand-knitted hats, coats and booties.

Group member Janet Annis said she had started knitting clothes for the ward 30 years ago, when her grandson was born prematurely.

“He spent a lot of time in that ward,” he said.

“The nurses asked me one day if I could knit, I said yes and then I started doing beanies for the babies.

“Basically I’ve done it ever since.”

She said it had been great that the singing group had come together to provide extra donations during the past two years.

“It was wonderful when everyone came on board,” she said.

“For members of the group it gives them great joy to be able to do something for someone else other than singing.

“Those that don’t knit can sew things and the men do the stuffing, it’s all done as a team.”

Social worker Clare Dimer said the donations would brighten the lives of families during Easter.

“When the group visited us last year, we appreciated their gifts so much, we jumped at the chance to provide them with a pattern, specifically for Easter hats,” she said.

Mrs Annis said the group had already received plans for Christmas beanies to be donated later in the year.

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