Twiddle Muffs for Hospital Appeal

A recent Dementia Appeal launched by the York Teaching Hospital Charity scooped an unexpected boost from Scarborough-based housing association Yorkshire Coast Homes (YCH).


Fundraising staff members at YCH handed over not just a cheque for £291.96 – but also some spectacular hand-knitted “Twiddle Muffs”!

The jazzy woollen hand comforters are adorned inside and out with a range of different items to provide an engaging tactile experience for dementia sufferers who are spending time in hospital. The Twiddle Muffs had proved so popular with patients that demand had outstripped supply, until the happy knitters at YCH stepped in to help.

Stephanie Lake, Yorkshire Coast Homes Community Involvement Officer, said: “Dementia is a condition that touches so many people, not just patients, but family members too. We jumped at this opportunity to support the Dementia Appeal with our own fundraising activities and, when we heard about the growing need for more Twiddle Muffs, some of our staff members just had to contribute a few of their own artistic creations.”

YCH staff ran a series of small events and activities, including coffee mornings, bingo sessions, raffles and an awareness day aimed at giving a deeper insight into the condition and its management.

York Teaching Hospital Charity Community Fundraiser Maya Richardson called in at YCH head office to collect the cheque and Twiddle Muffs and said: “Our Dementia Appeal was launched to raise funds for specific items that will benefit Dementia patients. Everything we do for our patients makes life easier for their families and friends so we’re very grateful for this great Yorkshire Coast Homes contribution.”

The Dementia Appeal has so far raised approximately £12,500.

Pictured above at the cheque and twiddle muff presentation – York Teaching Hospital Charity Community Fundraiser Maya Richardson (2nd left) is presented with a cheque for £291.69 by Yorkshire Coast Homes Customer Care & Support Team members (from left).. Laura Young, Andy Rose and Stephanie Lake.