Hitchin dementia club’s move leads to Pink Panther reunion

Gwen Hipgrave and Janet Elliott in the Nightingale House garden with the Pink Panther. Picture: Max

Gwen Hipgrave and Janet Elliott in the Nightingale House garden with the Pink Panther. Picture: Max Weir - Credit: Archant

A dementia club’s relocation has led to an unexpected reunion – with a Pink Panther.

Janet Elliott, a member of the Hitchin Kingfisher Club for people with low to moderate dementia, years ago stopped attending the Nightingale House Day Centre before finishing the craft creation.

Unbeknown to her, centre staff sewed it together and stuffed it – and when she returned as a Kingfisher Club member, she was amazed to be presented with the finished panther.

“That really has made my day,” said Janet, who decided to make the toy for her husband Geoff after he jokingly complained that she always knitted things for others but not for him.

Sadly, Geoff has since died – but Janet said she and their son and daughter had been touched to see the toy.


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She said:”They were so surprised.

“They said ‘Dad would have loved that!’. Not because it was good – it was because I’d made it for him.”

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