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Barry uses his knitting skills to keep homeless cats warm in winter

‘I love all animals and want to help them. There are so many animals that need a home – I want to make them comfortable’

Barry Hudson, 79, has made it his mission to keep homeless cats and kittens warm this winter by knitting blankets for the RSPCA. A keen knitter, Barry was introduced to his favourite hobby by his mother when he was just 16 years old.

Barry said: “My mother taught me to knit when I was a schoolboy. The headmaster at my school wrote to my mother requesting that I should learn to knit at home as it would be therapeutic for me – I’ve not stopped since then.”

Barry has always had a love for animals and as a young boy and an only child, he grew up with six cats, six dogs, rabbits and an adopted donkey called Ned. As an adult, Barry had three cats he loved dearly called Bindy, Baby, and Fluffy so when the opportunity arose to help the RSPCA he jumped at the chance.

Barry said: “I love all animals and want to help them. There are so many animals that need a home – so I want to at least, at the bare minimum make them comfortable.”

Barry, a resident at Seacroft Green care home in Leeds, has knitted six blankets so far, as well as oven cloths, dish cloths, peg bags, and baby blankets for expecting care staff. Staff at the home saw an opportunity to put Barry’s skills to good use and reached out to their local RSPCA to arrange for the blankets to be delivered in time for winter. To thank him for his kind gesture the RSPCA sent Barry a personalised certificate and medal.

Wellbeing team leader, Sam Enright, said: “We’re all amazed at Barry’s passion and commitment to knitting the blankets for the cats. He’s a true inspiration at the home as he not only knits and donates blankets, but he also hosts an annual Christmas concert to raise money for the RSPCA.

“Our wellbeing team are always looking for ways to support residents’ passions and hobbies and we’re delighted we could help Barry fulfil his goal to knit and donate the blankets.”

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