23 May 2022

Laois 95 year old granny knitting for Ukraine children

Laois 95 year old granny knitting for Ukraine children

Kay Cullen from Mountmellick, Laois

A 95 year old grandmother from Laois is knitting to help Ukrainian children.

Kay Cullen from Mountmellick loves to spend her time knitting.

Kay wanted to help, in some small way, when she saw the plight of Ukrainian civilians.

For a number of weeks now she is knitting blue and yellow coloured beanies for Ukrainian children.

“I really wanted to do something for them and as I knit every day I decided to knit the little caps for them and in their country colours. My daughter Pam finished them of with the tossels. I also knitted little baby cardigans for them," she said.

They have been donated to the Ukrainian Shopping Hub which is due to open shortly in St Paul’s Parish Hall Mountmellick.

Kay buys a few balls of wool most weeks and Pam is her shopper. 

Her daughter Gemma Butler also living in Mountmellick said her mother has always enjoyed knitting.

"From knitting Aran sweaters, Icelandic jumpers etc for her eight children and everything from baby jumpers to kiddie jumpers for her 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She believes in always keeping busy when she’s sitting down," Gemma said.

Her advice to people who want to help the Ukrainian families is simple.  

"Every little helps, so please donate what you can, no matter how small. They need our help badly," Kay said.

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