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  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns

Residents overwhelmed by public response to wool appeal


RESIDENTS at a Braintree retirement complex are knitting like they’ve never knitted before thanks to the generous response from local people to an appeal for wool to make blankets for a baby unit in an Ethiopian hospital.

Mrs Audrey Titlow is a resident at The Hawthorns at Meadow Park. Her daughter, Lindsey Cornish and son-in-law, Andrew, are doing a year’s voluntary work with the VSO (Volunteer Service Overseas), working in the baby unit at Arba Minch hospital in southern Ethiopia. The babies at the unit are in dire need of blankets – so Mrs Titlow sprang into action and galvanised fellow residents to help out.

They appealed to the public for wool donations and have been overwhelmed by the response. Mrs Titlow said: “I’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has so generously donated not just wool, but blankets. There are eight or nine of us now knitting and crocheting away so we can make as many as possible for Lindsey to take back to Ethiopia when she leaves at the end of February.”

Lindsey and Andrew, who retired as a GP last year, are relishing their new challenge in Ethiopia which involves setting up a special care baby unit at the hospital. Lindsey said: “We soon realised the need for blankets for the new-born babies. Ethiopia is a beautiful country but very poor. The work can be very frustrating at times but also very rewarding.

“We are thrilled that my mother and the other residents at The Hawthorns are rallying round to help and we are so grateful for all the many people who have donated wool and baby blankets. Please keep them coming!”

The Hawthorns offers residents a unique retirement lifestyle which involves renting rather than buying their apartment, with the fixed rental including all meals, bills, entertainment and excursions. Anyone wishing to donate wool can drop it into The Hawthorns in Tortoiseshell Way or call 01376 335500.