Twiddle Muffs

The Royal Bolton Hospital is asking knitters and sewers to get busy with their needles to help dementia patients.

People with dementia often find it calming to have something to keep their hands busy and so the hospital wants local people to help by making some “twiddle muffs”.

These items can be knitted, crocheted or sewn and are a traditional muff shape, but include ribbons, zips, buttons and so forth, both inside and out, that can be “twiddled”.

“This is an idea that has proved very successful elsewhere so we thought it would be great for Bolton patients.

“We started by asking our staff to join in and the response has been fantastic. We’ve had muffs from them and also from their families and friends. We’ve had a lovely crocheted muff from one lady who is 90, and others from craft groups. They’ve included twiddle items from beads to keys. People have been very creative and generous.”

The muffs don’t take long to make and are a good way of using up all those odds and ends of wool and haberdashery.

The call for muffs is running alongside the Donate £1 For Dementia appeal being run by Bolton NHS Charitable Fund and the Bolton News, which is aiming to raise £200k to create a more dementia friendly environment at the Royal Bolton Hospital, and also to raise awareness of the condition.

You can find a knitting pattern for the muffs by following the link at the bottom of this page.

You can donate to the campaign by text, simply text ‘DOFD15 £1’ to 70070, or by calling into the hospital main reception or the Bolton News reception. You can send cheques made payable to Bolton NHS Charitable Fund to Finance Dept, Dowling House, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Bolton, BL4 0JR.

Please send completed muffs to Chris Davidson, Dementia Specialist Nurse, Trust HQ, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Bolton, BL4 0JR or drop them at the reception in the main entrance of the hospital.

Twiddle Muffs Instruction Sheet [209kb] PDF

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