A heart-warming project launched during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdowns is benefitting both Peter Mac’s patients and the community.

Melton City Council created the “CommuKnitty Crafters" project to help their seniors feel less isolated during the lockdown, and focus their energies on a charitable cause.

It resulted in more than 140 colourful blankets and knee rugs being lovingly knitted or crocheted, and donated to Peter Mac.

These are given to patients treated in Peter Mac’s chemotherapy day unit, and those who stay in the Peter Mac’s palliative and other wards.

Anna Taylor, Peter Mac’s Volunteer Coordinator, said for patients these blankets “become their companions and keepsakes throughout the whole treatment”.

Holly Pitt, Nurse Unit Manager at Peter Mac’s new palliative care ward, thanked the knitters involved and said their handmade goods often had a profound effect on patients.

“Their generosity means a lot to our patients. It’s lovely to know that you are heard, and your experiences are validated,” Holly said.

Melton City Council recently launched a short film about the Project.

This includes our palliative patient Debbie, who has very sadly passed away. 

Debbie's family and friends attended the launch and were very moved by the experience.