National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

16 April 2020

Since being in lockdown, primary school teacher Victoria Boxall-Hunt from Newton St Cyres YFC in Devon, has been keeping busy by knitting baby hats for the local neonatal unit.

Q. Why did you decide to knit hats for the neonatal unit?

A. Knitting baby hats for the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been on my ‘to-do’ list for many years. I’m a primary school teacher and since I’m now working from home most of the time, I wanted to do something away from my laptop but also something worthwhile and for a purpose.

Q. Has the knitting been a positive experience?

A. I’m not sure whether the unit is in greater need for hats during this time but I hope that it brings a smile to a worried parent’s face.

Personally, knitting these hats has filled my time well whilst isolating. After my first week of working from home, my eyes were hurting from the time I was spending on my laptop. This made me factor in breaks where I would do something away from the screen, like go for a walk, knitting or baking.

Q. Is knitting something you have taken up since being in isolation?

A. My grandma taught me how to knit many years ago but I hadn’t done much since so this is a new hobby since isolation began.

Q. Is your YFC managing to stay connected?

A. We’ve been trying really hard as a club to stay connected in these strange times. Over the past few weeks, we’ve done the loo roll challenge, quiz and bingo nights over Zoom and the Club Chairman and I are planning other activities, like a game of charades – we’re trying to think creatively! I also recently sent messages to each individual member to check how they are and to encourage them to get in touch with a member of the committee if they need anything.

Q. Do you feel proud to be supporting the NHS at this time?

A. I’m very proud to support the NHS, even more so now due to Covid-19. My mum, sister and many friends work for the NHS and my dad runs a care home – this makes it all the more personal and special.

I would urge all YFC members to do what they can to help during this national crisis. This could be simply doing your job, like producing good quality, British food! If you have some spare time like me, then get your creative hats on and use your skills to do something good. Stay safe everyone. 

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