One of our trustees, Jackie Scarrott, knits a lot of blankets. On 31st June she kindly donated 36 of them to newborn babies at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Jackie donating bankets to JR 2

Jackie handing over blankets to Natalie Rea, Newborn Care Specialist Matron at the John Radcliffe Hospital, while having her photo taken for the Oxford Mail.

Jackie has a learning disability and lives in Blackbird Leys, Oxford. She considers knitting for charity as her contribution to the community.

“Knitting for the JR gives me something to do that makes a positive difference,” says Jackie.

Most of the wool was donated by friends and family, who were happy to help out a good cause.

Although Jackie does not work, she spends most of her time volunteering for charity. As well as knitting for the JR she is a trustee of My Life My Choice, a presenter on Sting Radio and helps to run the Stingray nightclub. In February 2015 she won an award for her contributions at the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards.

Jackie donating bankets to JR 3

A lot of blankets! All knitted by Jackie.

Jackie’s story reinforces the message that is put across in the film “I am not a scrounger” – that people receiving benefits often make a positive difference to their communities. In this film, funded by Comic Relief, OXFAM and Oxford City Council, people with learning disabilities challenge some of the myths surrounding the current benefits debate and ask the viewer to join in a positive conversation.  The film can be viewed here.


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