A-KIND hearted grandmother has been busy knitting cardigans for premature babies.

Joan Houlston, 76, has been a resident of Pentre Mawr Sheltered Accommodation in Abergele for more than 10 years.

For many years, Joan, who is originally from Warrington, knitted toys, jumper and cardigans for charities.

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One of Joan's cardigans which took an evening complete. Picture: Geoff Abbott

She has now tasked herself with a new project, and has so far knitted 10 cardigans in the space of three weeks for premature babies at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan.

Alison Pring, warden of Pentre Mawr Sheltered Accommodation, said: “Joan is wonderful. It is a privilege having her here. She is knitting every day.”

Joan has also knitted for still born babies in Bosnia and Africa.

“She got involved with it through his local church,” Alison added.

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Joan spends most evenings knitting clothes for premature babies. Picture: Geoff Abbott GA210219C

“With what she has knitted for the babies at Glan Clwyd Hospital, she is hoping to take a batch to the hospital.

“She got the idea through some friends and a club she attends in Pensarn.

“She had done it all on her own. It has just been non stop for her.

“I have many inspirational residents at the scheme who volunteer their time in the community but Joan continuously amazes me with her dedication to others.

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Joan Houlston, 77, with one of her finished cardigans. Picture: Geoff Abbott, GA210219C

“She is a wonderful and inspiring grandma, always knitting and sewing for her very lucky grandchildren.

“She is a great asset to the community and an inspiration to her friends and neighbours.

“I’m so proud to know her, a quiet unsung hero.”