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University Knitters Create Patchwork Blankets for Worcester Snoezelen

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Three patchwork blankets knitted by staff at the University of Worcester have been handed over to a local charity for people with disabilities.

Staff, along with friends and family, have spent the last four months in their own time, knitting 160 colourful squares, which have now been crocheted together to form three blankets for Worcester Snoezelen.

The blankets incorporate different textures and will be used in a sensory alcove at the Snoezelen Centre, which is situated in the grounds of the University and was the University’s Charity of the Year in 2011.

Su Fagg, from the University’s Information and Learning Services (ILS) department, said: “About 18 months ago we started a ‘knit and natter’ group. Last year we decided to do something for the charity of the year and approached Worcester Snoezelen to see what they would like us to make. They suggested a blanket for a sensory alcove and we got to work.”

Around 15 knitters were involved in creating the three blankets.

Jane Roberts, Project Manager of Worcester Snoezelen, said: “These blankets will be a wonderful addition to our sensory alcove; they are so colourful and textured. We are really grateful to the knitting group for taking the time to create them for us.”

The Worcester Snoezelen is an independent charity which provides leisure and therapy facilities for people with disabilities. More than 450 people use the purpose-built, multi-sensory leisure facilities, which include a soft play room, a music studio, video room, Jacuzzi pool and sensory garden which can be used by people of all ages and of any disability.