Knitted knockers help women

2016-10-20 06:00
After giving away over 70 pairs of knitted knockers to local residents, Carine White and Tracey Wild - the driving force behind the knitted knockers campaign in Jeffreys Bay - are once again appealing to residents to help them purchase knitted knocker kits at a cost of R50 each.            Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

After giving away over 70 pairs of knitted knockers to local residents, Carine White and Tracey Wild - the driving force behind the knitted knockers campaign in Jeffreys Bay - are once again appealing to residents to help them purchase knitted knocker kits at a cost of R50 each. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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KNITTED knockers. Breast beanies. Tit bits.

The names may be irreverent, but the intent is the same: offer uplifting support - via bra inserts - to women after breast cancer surgery.

After giving away over 70 pairs of knitted knockers to local residents, Carine White and Tracey Wild - the driving force behind the knitted knockers campaign in Jeffreys Bay - are once again appealing to residents to help them purchase knitted knocker kits at a cost of R50 each.

According to White, the knitted knockers are best described as special handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to their breasts.

“Unlike traditional breast prostheses that are usually expensive and uncomfortable, the knitted ones are soft, comfortable, beautiful and well placed in a regular bra,” says White. “Made from organic cotton and stuffed with merino wool, these woollen substitutes take the shape and feel of a real breast. They can be worn immediately after surgery, which women say is a huge help, mentally and physically, in returning to normal life.”

Handmade by volunteers, they are given away free to women who have had mastectomies or lumpectomies.

For more information, to make a donation or to receive a ‘Knitted Knocker’, contact White at 082 781 1264.

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