Across the UK and Ireland production of knitted hearts by Mothers' Union is giving hope and spreading love in hospitals, care homes and hospices.
The matching pairs of knitted hearts are given to the patient and their family, so that those receiving support can feel more connected with their relatives, knowing their loved one/family has the other of the pair.
This simple yet meaningful practice is helping residents, patients and their families get through these difficult times.
With some hospital and care home staff needing to wear face masks for long periods of time, the elastic loops can become quite uncomfortable and made the backs of ears sore. Mask straps – knitted or crocheted bands with a button each end to hook the elastic ear loops takes the pressure off the back of the ear, while keeping the mask in place.