Penistone Knitting Group leader wins award for charitable efforts

Help to keep them knitting and supporting our key workers

Penistone Knitting Group have been knitting for hospitals, nursing and care homes, as well as charities – from hats, mittens and bonding squares for premature babies in NICUs; hats and lap blankets for cancer patients; to clothes for angel babies who were born sleeping.

The group has over 200 members, mostly from around the town but with a few outposts across the UK. After stepping up the charitable efforts even further in light of Covid, group leader Sheryll Dixon has been nominated – AND WON – Yorkshire Water’s Community Heroes award!


In the last few weeks, the group has started to provide mask extenders to frontline NHS and care home staff.


So far the group has knitted probably close to a thousand of these – Sheryll has been seeking donations for wool and buttons, distributing supplies to knitters, washing/sanitising and packaging these mask extenders, and raising funds for postage so she can get them sent out to those who need them.

When nominating Sheryll for the prize, group member Sharon Chan said “Sheryll has been instrumental in pulling the team together, and is hugely encouraging to novice (as well as experienced) knitters who want to do their bit to support frontline NHS staff. Not only do I feel that she is a deserving winner for some nice treats, but additional cash prize will also be useful for the group so it can continue its work through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Keep your eyes peeled for Sheryl on Look North, where she is going to be featured for her work with Barnsley Hospital Heart Appeal.

Fantastic work Sheryll and all the other knitters – you are doing an amazing job!

If anyone would like to support this fantastic effort, you can donate to the group here and keep their knitting needles busy!

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