CRAFT TRIO: Cheryl and Anthony Naylor and Alison Gardiner have made 100 santas and snowmen for the Brisbane Hospital.
CRAFT TRIO: Cheryl and Anthony Naylor and Alison Gardiner have made 100 santas and snowmen for the Brisbane Hospital. Mike Richards GLAKNIT

Knitters ensure gifts stitched up for hospital delivery

THREE Gladstone residents will add some Christmas cheer to the Brisbane Hospital oncology ward this year.

Mum and son duo Cheryl and Anthony Naylor and their friend Alison Gardiner have spent the past four months knitting santas and snowmen for the hospital.

They're hoping to make 50 Santas and 50 snowmen this week.

Anthony learned how to knit from his mum when he was just six.

Now he uses his skills to make funny gifts for his friends.

"I made a cupcake for a friend of mine who was on a diet," he said.

"I told her I was going to make her a cake for her birthday and it had no sugar or carbs, just a whole lot of fibre," he said.

He was experimenting with different patterns when he made his first Santa.

It was Cheryl's idea to make more to send to the hospital, and she said it was to help "put smiles on their faces".

"We're going to send them down with a letter saying: 'These were made with lots of love and we hope you all get better soon'," Cheryl said.

They have organised a removalist truck to send the Santas and snowmen this week.



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