Residents of Reevedon nursing home in Levin knit for Plunket babies

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The car seat quilts donated to Plunket were collaborative works knitted by residents of Reevedon Retirement Home in Levin.

A generation of New Zealanders have taken to knitting blankets to keep the next generation warm.

In the common room at Reevedon Retirement Home in Levin are knitting needles, yarn and lots of love and expertise.

The result? A room full of baby blankets, which were given to Plunket this week with newborn warmth in mind.

The covers, for use in car seats while traveling, had taken months to make and were a real team effort.

Residents were able to pick up the needles where others had left them, and the result was a collaborative collection of quilts they had made as a collective.

Reevedon Recreation Coordinator Kathy Marshall said it was important that all residents – whose freedoms had been curtailed since the initial Covid-19 outbreak – continued to feel engaged and connected to their community.

“It’s nice to feel part of the community and to give,” she said.

Diane Vanston, Judy Eagle, Plunket nurses Ryana Gardiner and Rebecca Collis, Plunket clinical manager Jamie Stout, Reevedon staff Kathy Marshall and Florence Noonan, and Joy Peel.
Diane Vanston, Judy Eagle, Plunket nurses Ryana Gardiner and Rebecca Collis, Plunket clinical manager Jamie Stout, Reevedon staff Kathy Marshall and Florence Noonan, and Joy Peel.

The blankets were pure wool and sewn together one square at a time, and were specially designed to fit a baby car capsule.

Marshall said the knitting started nine months ago with Plunket in mind, acknowledging the work Plunket does in the community to help mothers and newborns.

“They do a wonderful job,” she said.

Plunket clinical chief Jamie Stout and registered nurses Rebecca Collis and Ryana Gardiner drove to Reevedon to pick up the blankets and thank residents for their efforts.

Stout said the blankets would be welcomed by newborns and their mothers, and the timing was perfect as the freezing winter days set in.

“We’re so grateful. Often times we don’t get a chance to pause and say thank you,” she said.


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