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That Warm and Fuzzy feeling

 

After several months of furious crocheting and collecting scarves for the homeless and lonely of Exeter, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust staff member Kimberly Tucker-Clemens pinned them around the city on Christmas morning to bring a little joy to their day.

 

She wanted to thank everyone for their donations to her Warm and Fuzzy campaign which made the 92-scarf bonanza possible, particularly her colleagues on the Acute Medical Unit where she is a housekeeper and part-time ward clerk.

 

“I wanted to do something for people who are alone at Christmas and give them a little something,” said Kimberly, “and also I’d like to thank everyone who has got behind my idea by donating wool or scarves.

 

“It’s been such an exciting thing to do in the run-up to Christmas and was really exiting to take them around the city and give people a surprise as they walked past.

 

“I also spoke to a few of the homeless people I saw that morning, two in particular were very grateful, which made this whole adventure even more rewarding and worthwhile.”

 

She has crocheted 20 herself since June, all using donated wool; and amassed the rest from donations (including six of her own), many of which have been knitted or crocheted by other supporters. Lynne Mortimore, mother of Exe Ward housekeeper Chris, made 21 of those scarves.

 

All the scarves were distributed around the city, with a label attached to explain the gift and let the recipient know who donated it. Kimberly also took a batch of homemade shortbread to the St Petrock’s centre.

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