19 January 2022

These beautiful, knitted hearts have been created by Miss Mallett, Teaching Assistant here at Archbishop Temple, for the NHS. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals are in urgent need of knitted hearts as a way of patients and relatives staying connected when relatives cannot visit the hospital. 

"I have been knitting small hearts since 2020 when COVID started with some members of my knitting group," said Miss Mallett. "Due to the current restrictions, I saw that the hospital had advertised for more hearts so I finished off some hearts that still needed stuffing and to be sewn up."

Miss Mallett created many of the hearts with her close friend Mary and members of the Knit Wits craft group. The Knit Wits are now getting together to carry on and supply Royal Preston with as many hearts as possible. 

If you would like to take part in creating knitted hearts for the NHS there is further information and a knitting pattern available to download below. 

"If parents, carers or pupils would like to make hearts in their spare time, pupils can bring them into school and I am happy to put the hearts in small bags and drop them off at the hospital," said Miss Mallett. 

Pupils may leave the hearts in a box at reception. 

Knitted heart knitting pattern available to download below