A kind-hearted Moorlands woman is appealing for donations of wool so that she can continue to knit blankets for a dogs home. Grace Sims, who used to run a stall in Leek’s Butter Market, began knitting to help keep homeless four-legged friends warm 12 years ago.
A kind-hearted Moorlands woman is appealing for donations of wool so that she can continue to knit blankets for a dogs home.
Grace Sims, who used to run a stall in Leek’s Butter Market, began knitting to help keep homeless four-legged friends warm 12 years ago.
In that time, Grace has lovingly created thousands of colourful blankets for pooches at the City Dogs Home in Bucknall.
She told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “I started knitting the blankets for them after having a dog from the City Dogs Home, I just fell in love with the place.
“They are such nice people there, the kennels are always so clean every time I visit, and they all work so hard. I just like to help how I can.”
Mother-of-three Grace is continuing her kind-hearted knitting for the pooches despite being terminally ill with cancer.
Grace, who is also a grandmother of six and a great-grandmother of two, was diagnosed with stomach cancer 18 months ago and was given until last September to live by medical staff.
She said: “I am on borrowed time – the cancer picked the wrong woman, I will keep fighting.”
Grace explained that she had previously successfully battled bowel cancer.
She said: “We got that sorted but then the stomach cancer came along and I’ve been told they can not operate on it.
“I was first told that I had two to four months to live and then had a letter on the day before going on holiday that I had until September, we went on holiday in October.
“I have recently had some chemotherapy to prolong my life and I am just waiting to hear if I can have a further treatment.
“I will take what ever I can to prolong my life.
“I am feeling alright and I will keep fighting.”
Seventy-six year old Grace, who is married to Brian, gave up her ladies and mens nightwear stall ‘Grace’s Underworld’ last year after eight years, passing on the business to her daughter-in-law Katie.
Grace said: “I do miss running the stall – I miss the company of both the other traders and the customers.”
As well appreciating time with her large family, Grace says continuing her knitting for the pooches keeps her occupied.
She said: “I am a bit of a speed knitter. It takes me two days to knit a blanket with a plain knitting stitch.
“All blankets are made from donated wool which can be any colour and any type.”
Anyone wishing to donate wool to Grace can either drop it off to her daughter-in-law Katie’s stall in the Butter Market, or if there is anyone in Leek wishing for wool to be picked up from them they can call Grace’s other daughter-in-law Anita on 07940 374801, who will happily pick it up.
Grace, who has two dogs herself – a Bichon Frise called Penny and a Chihuahua called Poppy, added: “I will carry on knitting the blankets for the dogs for as long as I am here. The dogs have to keep warm.”
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