THE Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association (YCA) have been knitting for the NHS.

The association has knitted more than 100 handmade dolls for NHS hospitals in North Yorkshire during the coronavirus pandemic.

Knitted by YCA members throughout the 65 branches in Yorkshire, all the hand-knitted dolls are NHS hospital workers in scrubs or nurse uniforms, with various nationalities and both male and female.

“What started as me knitting one NHS worker doll in a full set of scrubs to display in my house window, quickly grew into this 100-doll project supported by the YCA,” said Karen Dennis, Thorne YCA branch member.

“I was thrilled when I heard the dolls were being used by the NHS Teaching Trust in Yorkshire to support those affected by, and fundraising for, coronavirus.

“Reaching 100 figures is amazing and I am delighted.

“I hope they bring pleasure and comfort to those receiving them.”

The Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association is the largest social organisation for women in Yorkshire and was established in 1983 with the aim of promoting companionship, crafting and community.

“The response from our members has been amazing and it is truly wonderful to see the variety of dolls arriving in the office daily,” added Anita Taylor, chairperson of the YCA.

“This project has many benefits to the community and to our members.

“Lockdown and self-isolation have had a large impact on many people throughout the region, but this simple project has built upon our sense of community in the YCA as well as keeping minds and fingers busy.”

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