AN AVID knitter has been spreading the love to veterans in a Solihull care home during lockdown.
Marion Abbott has knitted dozens of hearts which have been handed out to residents and their loved ones at the Royal Star and Garter.
Before the pandemic, Marion knitted toys and cardigans which she gave to charity shops and good causes.
When Covid struck, she started knitting hearts for patients and staff at a Birmingham hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, before turning her generosity towards the Tudor Coppice care home, which cares for veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia, where her great-niece Maisie Casey works.
Around 30 residents have now received their hearts, and Marion, from Birmingham, is working hard so that all residents will soon have one.
Marion made a special twin heart for Pat Fisher and her husband Doug, who is a resident at the home.
Pat was so moved that she has placed the heart alongside her favourite photo of Doug and herself.
Maisie said: “Marion knows about the charity and all the great work we do through me and she decided to knit hearts for the veterans here.
“The residents love it, with a lot of them hanging them up on their doors.
“Pat was especially thrilled to receive a matching heart.
“It meant so much for her to have that connection to Doug while there were visiting restrictions in the Home.
“She’s tied her heart underneath her favourite photo of her and Doug, she said she wanted people to know how much it truly meant to her.”