Popeye, knitty Noras and WWF wrestlers make the Hackney hospice calendar

PUBLISHED: 12:21 11 December 2012 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 December 2012

Knitty Noras at the St Joseph's Hospice

Knitty Noras at the St Joseph's Hospice


Wrestling, motor racing and lounging on exotic beaches are not places you would expect to find hospice patients.

But with a little help from digital photography 12 patients from St Joseph’s in Mare Street have found their way into their dream scenarios in a special calendar.

Lilian John, 90, has been knitting since the age of nine and appears in the calendar with her friend Arlene, covered from head to toe in wool, as a “knitty Nora”.

The pair made friends at St Joseph’s and now regularly speak to each other on the phone.

“I was the fastest knitter in my class at school and I always knitted for my husband, my kids and myself,” said Lilian.

“I used to get paid a shilling an ounce by the local knitting shop.”

St Joseph’s arts co-ordinator Susannah Hewlett created the images, which also show patients dressed as WWE wrestlers and racing drivers and even Popeye, complete with tattoos, pipe and can of spinach.

The calendar, called These Are a Few of My Favourite Things, is on sale for £5 in the St Joseph’s cafe.

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