Bev Hogg has single-handedly knitted over 1000 teddies.
Bev Hogg has single-handedly knitted over 1000 teddies.

Knitting for a cause

BANORA Point resident Bev Hogg has single-handedly knitted over 1000 teddies and donated them to charity.

Ms Hogg said she knitted when ever she got a chance and had been doing so for decades.

"I've actually lost count of exactly how many I've knitted," she said.

"I've been knitting for the Red Cross since I was six years old and I'm 78 now. I made scarves during the war and simple things like that."

Ms Hogg is part of a neighbourhood group made up of residents from Tall Trees Ocean View.

The group of ladies meets every week and tirelessly offers their time and skills for those in need by knitting and crocheting garments for babies and children. 

"I feel like I'm wasting time if I'm not knitting," Ms Hogg said.

Tall Trees Ocean View community networker Shirley Pickering said the items the group contributed to Brisbane-based charity The Dorcas Group were sent all over the world, as well as within Australia.

"Items are sent to orphanages and missions in Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, outback Australia as well as to flood victims in Queensland," Ms Pickering said. 

"In their work with the Dorcas Group, our ladies have helped to produce 600kg of rugs that have been sent to China and four hundred dresses and tops to children in the Philippines."

Ms Pickering said the group had also contributed to the Dorcas Group's Lil' Angels project.

"The Lil' Angels project was created to help meet the needs of mothers in hospital who are experiencing loss of their babies or general hardship," Ms Pickering said.

"Our group of ladies has knitted four thousand items including plain gowns and dresses for stillborns and miscarried babies, as well as bootees and hats. 

"The dresses are made to assist with the grieving process for mothers, and these garments have been distributed to major hospitals in the Brisbane area.

"Pamper packs are also given out by social workers at each hospital for those mothers who have lost their baby or a single mum who is struggling."

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