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CUH charity says it needs more knocker knitters

March 17th, 2016 7:25 AM

By Southern Star Team

Maeve Keane, CUH Charity with Ann Cooke, Knitted Knockers Ireland and Joan Lucey of Vibes & Scribes, Cork (Photo: John Sheehan Photography)

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CORK University Hospital Charity is calling on knitters to help knit alternative breast prostheses called Knitted Knockers for patients who have been diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer.

A knit-in event in Vibes and Scribes craft shop in Cork city welcomed a fantastic group of individuals who joined Ann Cooke from Knitted Knockers Ireland along with representatives from the CUH Charity in making these prostheses, which have become a much sought-after alternative to traditional breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.

Traditional breast prosthetics can be expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast.

‘Dealing with breast cancer can be a traumatic experience for many patients,’ said Miriam Forde, fundraising manager at CUH Charity. ‘For those who have had to undergo mastectomies or other procedures to the breast, soft comfortable prostheses, such as Knitted Knockers are a discreet option. We are calling on volunteers across the county to help knit prostheses for patients,’ she said.

To enquire about becoming a volunteer knitter email [email protected] or call 021 4234529.

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