Retired NHS worker knits 100 stockings for Clifton Hospital ward

Sue Tomlinson with some of her knitted stockings

A former NHS worker has knitted 100 Christmas stockings for patients at Clifton Hospital.

Sue Tomlinson, a retired X Ray assistant from Lytham, has knitted the tiny red stockings so that chocolates can be put inside as a Christmas morning treat for patients on Ward 1, Clifton Hospital.

Having worked at both Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Clifton Hospital, Sue got involved with knitting for the hospital through her membership of the NHS Retirement Fellowship, a group of former workers who meet locally once a month.

She also makes soft toys, knee rugs and shawls for the ward.

Sue said: “I’ve been knitting for more than 50 years and I still enjoy it.

“I’ve made about four stockings per night, so it hasn’t taken too long to complete – I’m always knitting or sewing.

It only takes a couple of balls of wool to complete the full 100 stockings which Ward 1 Manager, Linda Broadbent, then fills with Christmas chocolate.

Sue added: “It was Linda’s idea to make the stockings which is a lovely idea

“I think Linda is the most marvellous sister and she is always thrilled to get anything we make.

“The patients are really lucky to have her.”

Linda said: “It’s great to have such fabulous support from our helpers like Sue, especially at Christmas time.

Linda Broadbent and Sue with just a few things Sue has made for the ward.

“It is very kind that she takes the time to make the stockings to make the patients’ Christmas morning that extra bit special.”

“I’m sure most people would want to be at home for Christmas instead of in hospital and for that reason we try to make the day a special as we can. The stocking filled with chocolate is just a small part of trying to make the day as nice as possible.”

Wool is always gratefully received at Clifton Hospital. If you have any to donate please leave at any one of the hospital’s wards or at reception desk.

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