From left, Mike Taylor, Laura Skaife-Knight, John Ringer, The Bridge for Heroes Safe systems manager, and Gary Walker, the charity’s volunteer support, with the donated knitted keyrings.

Novelty knitted keyrings have been presented to hospital staff as a show of support from a King’s Lynn-based charity.

The team at The Bridge for Heroes, which provides support to the service veteran community, decided to do something special for the town’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital to thank staff for all their hard work during the pandemic.

The charity enlisted the skills of local woman Anne Johnson, one of its beneficiaries, who has been in isolation since the start of lockdown.

Mrs Johnson, who is looking after her husband, has been using her knitting talents to help keep busy during the pandemic.

She has been helping to raise funds for The Bridge for Heroes by knitting small keyring dolls of service personnel all in uniform.

The keyrings have then been sold via the charity’s online shop. 

However, the charity decided to ask Mrs Johnson if she would knit some special keyrings which could be donated to QEH staff.

Mrs Johnson rose to the challenge and around 30 keyrings of nurses in a variety of uniforms, wearing personal protective equipment, have now been presented to Laura Skaife-Knight, the hospital’s deputy chief executive.

Mike Taylor, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Although we have been kept very busy throughout the lockdown in supporting the centre’s beneficiaries, it was also important that, where possible, we kept them busy with various activities in which they could participate. 

“In Anne’s case we encouraged her to continue knitting the dolls. 

“Seeing some that she had made in nurses’ uniforms gave us the idea of having some specifically made for the staff at the QEH, who have done such a great job in looking after us throughout the pandemic.”

Accepting the keyrings, Laura Skaife-Knight said: “I’m very grateful to the team at The Bridge for Heroes, in particular to Anne Johnson, who did all the excellent knitting, for the effort they have gone to in showing their support for our staff.”

The Bridge for Heroes, based in South Clough Lane, was established in 2010 and supports the armed forces community, veterans and families. Find out more at www.thebridgeforheroes.org