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Publication date:- 2017-04-11

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Knitters get busy with twiddle muffs

Picture shows Barbara Weldrake.

PATIENTS with dementia are being offered a novel way to relax at in Hospital. Twiddle muffs are knitted or crocheted tubes with accessories such as ribbons or buttons sewn into them and are given to patients with dementia.

For many people with dementia these muffs can be a source of comfort. They provide warmth and security, keep hands and minds occupied, and can help decrease agitation. They can also stimulate conversation and are a useful way to hide any tubes or wires which a patient may attempt to remove.

Local knitters have been busy knitting twiddle muffs, but Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals need a constant supply as each muff can only be used by a single patient who is encouraged to take it home.

Barbara Weldrake was 1 of the 1st twiddle muff knitters. "I saw an article in a knitting magazine about twiddle muffs being used elsewhere in the country and approached an occupational therapist at the Hospital. They thought it was a great idea so I started to make them. I took them along to my knitting group and some of the other ladies started doing them too!"

Ann Burket also makes twiddle muffs and started making them after completing treatment for cancer. Ann said:- "Knitting the twiddle muffs provides a distraction to my pain and is helping my recovery by giving me a focus and improving my concentration. Also it brings great satisfaction to know I am helping and providing comfort to the dementia patients. They are easy and fun to make and I would recommend anyone to have a go."

Anyone wishing to get involved making a twiddle muff should contact Michelle Kitson, Matron for Patient Experience on:- 01704 704094 and via emailing:-, or Occupational Therapist Sally Nichol on:- 01704 704889 or via email at:-

A twiddle muff pattern is available on the Trust website with this story.

Urban Folk Quartet at The Atkinson

THE Urban Folk Quartet head back out on tour and we are delighted that they have chosen The Atkinson, as 1 of the venues to perform. Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are The Urban Folk Quartet. Since forming in 2009, The UFQ's genre defying, all embracing approach to folk music has captivated audiences in high energy performances across the world. After releasing their critically acclaimed album:- "The Escape" in 2015, the band recorded shows on their international:- "Escape Tour." These recordings went towards "Live III," released in November 2016.

The 2016 to 2017 Live III tour was The UFQ's longest and most successful to date, seeing the quartet perform to larger audiences across the UK, Scandinavia and Europe.

Formed in 2009 in the West Midlands, The UFQ have continued to forge a reputation as 1 of the UK's most consistently stunning live acts, and boast 4 highly accomplished musicians:- BBC Folk Award nominated banjo player (and occasional UFQ vocalist) Dan Walsh; Galician fiddle player Paloma Trigás, who's worked with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon, Altan, and Carlos Nuńez, Spain's biggest folk star; percussionist Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the UK's most accomplished and innovative cajón player; and fiddler, guitarist, mandolin player and producer/ arranger Joe Broughton (The Albion Band, Fairport Convention etc).

In their 8 year career, the band have released 3 studio albums and 3 live albums, the latter of which aim to showcase the energy audiences witness at their dazzling live performances.

A new, yet to be titled, studio album will be released in 2018, in the run up to The UFQ's 10th Anniversary Celebrations.

This tour will be slightly different to the other:- "It's the 1st time in the band's history that we'll be gigging and not promoting a specific album. That gives us the freedom to play whatever we like; not just focus on promoting the latest record. So expect to hear some exciting new variations of recent tracks as well as a few new tunes which we'll be road testing for that next studio album."

Urban Folk Quartet can be seen at The Atkinson, on Friday, 10 November 2017, at 7.30pm. Tickets are just ₤15 for the Lower Level and ₤13 for the Balcony.

To book tickets please call The Atkinson Box Office on:- 01704 533333 or book online. Counter sales are also available during opening hours.

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