Today was a good day. No. Today was a great day. In the morning we went to visit an Age Concern centre in Kings Cross to say hello to the older folk down there and have a bit of a knit.
With the amazing Beryl (right) and Jean (left) as our trusty guides we had a great time. They are the most patient and generous pair of knitting gurus we've ever met - which is lucky really, as my knitting skills are a long way from perfect (note me exuding general knitting awkwardness whilst Jean is so horrified at my efforts she is forced to cover her mouth).
One of the things that really struck us during our visit was the strong sense of community spirit at the centre. The money raised by the Big Knit goes directly towards funding things like group outings, which help to keep older people active during the winter. More than that though, it really helps build to build and cement friendships between them all. Here at fruit towers we like to think we have some pretty good office banter between us, but if I'm honest it pales in comparison to what they have going on down in Kings Cross. I lost count of the number of times my laugh went from a mild chuckle to an outright guffaw as Beryl and Jean swapped bits and pieces of gossip.
Here one of the carers, Antonio, shows off the willy warmer Jean knitted him earlier this year (no, seriously).
In the afternoon Beryl, Jean, and their carer Suhel came back to fruit towers with us for a lunch time knit-in. Tea was drunk, biscuits dunked, and with the ever attentive help of our knitting gurus a bunch of hats were knitted.
Suhel, Beryl and Jean - we love you. No two ways about it. Thank you for making today so special.