WINTER-READY: Inner Wheel Club of Wyong's Lorraine Hyde drops off the hand-knitted blankets to grateful Wyong Neighbourhood manager Kylie Hopkins.
WINTER-READY: Inner Wheel Club of Wyong's Lorraine Hyde drops off the hand-knitted blankets to grateful Wyong Neighbourhood manager Kylie Hopkins.

Handiwork warms hearts

WITH winter approaching, the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Wyong are again brightening the lives of people in need with colourful handmade blankets.

Publicity officer Margaret Unwin said the club had donated 18 single-bed-sized knitted blankets to Wyong Neighbourhood Centre at the end of April.

The 20-member-strong club has been making and donating up to 30 blankets and children's or adult knee rugs annually for about a decade.

Each blanket comprises 28 knitted squares, made by members and community knitters, all lovingly sewn together by club historian and dab hand Pauline Gunness.

While numbers were down this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the blankets were warmly welcomed by staff at the neighbourhood centre, who said "our hearts are overflowing with gratitude".

It's just one of many causes the 61-year-old club is involved in, and Margaret said making that difference to the community was special.

Inner Wheel, which grew from Rotary in 1924, is one of the largest women's volunteer organisations in the world, with more than 108,000 members across 104 countries.

Margaret has been a Wyong member for 23 years since moving to the Coast, and said others had notched up more than 40 years.

"All through my life I've been involved in different organisations helping the community … I love doing that and I think that's a very important thing for people to do," Margaret said.

"But it's also about the friendships made, that's what I've really appreciated over the years."

The group's youngest members are in their early 50s, with the oldest being a "wonderful lady at 96", Olive Winspear, and new members are always welcome.

The Wyong club also supports a participant each year at San Remo's Camp Breakaway, providing respite for people with disabilities and their carers.

The group meets monthly at Wyong Golf Club. To find out more, phone Margaret on 4389 2040 or Lorraine on 4393 2755, or email iiw.au.wyong@gmail.com.


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