WARM hearted Jo Sherlock has been doing her bit to help keep fellow pensioners, friends and neighbours warm during the winter months. Knitting and crafts have been part of Jo s life since a child and in older years, give her a pastime and a way of helping
WARM hearted Jo Sherlock has been doing her bit to help keep fellow pensioners, friends and neighbours warm during the winter months.Knitting and crafts have been part of Jo's life since a child and in older years, give her a pastime and a way of helping others.Among her creations 73-year-old Jo knits woollen gloves - and gives them away to anyone she thinks might need them, including people she meets on trips to the supermarket in Barnstaple."I am disabled and can no longer do manual work. But I can still sit and knit," said Jo. "I do my gloves in batches of 50 pairs a time and always give people two pairs: one to wear and one for the wash. Sometimes people ask 'how much' but I always say they are free. I only make them from oddments of wool I have collected."Young families also receive her gifts of knitted baby clothes.Now living near Barnstaple, Jo formerly lived in Surrey.Her wish to help others saw her work as a Red Cross volunteer and also as a voluntary helper in a hospital after her normal day's work. But she was best known for her knitted toys."I made about 2,000 knitted animals and dolls for children and gave them away in nurseries, clinics and hospitals. I was known as the 'toy lady' and as 'Mrs Christmas,'" she said. "I gave a fluffy white rabbit to Princess Diana for Prince William when I met her at a hall in Taunton.