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Helping hands . . . Waitaki Girls' High school teachers Lynne Hamilton (left) and Sue Johnston have put their knitting skills to good use. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Teachers Sue Johnston and Lynne Hamilton, of Waitaki Girls’ High School, are doing their bit to help out the community.

For several months, both teachers have been knitting fidget rugs for people with Alzheimer’s, and woollen beanies for Plunket.

The idea to knit for the community came after staff members at the school were discussing the importance of fidget rugs, which provide stimulation and soothing activity for people with Alzheimer’s.

Staff decided to form a knitting group and knit rugs for people living with Alzheimer’s in the community.

“A group of us thought maybe we could help out by doing some knitting,” Mrs Johnston said.

The group also decided to help the younger age group by knitting beanies for Plunket babies.

“We thought, OK, we’ve got this wool – maybe we can knit some stripy hats.

“We can give them to Plunket and they can give them to people who don’t knit or can’t afford the wool.”

Knowing her work was helping others in need was a good feeling, Mrs Johnston said.

“It’s really nice to be able to do something else for other people.”

Mrs Hamilton enjoyed knitting because it made her feel good.

“Knitting for me feels good for my wellbeing,” she said.