A POM POM Christmas tree appeal has been put out by two South Yorkshire Care homes in need of wool and tutors.
The festive decorations will adorn Deangate Care Home, in Barnsley, and Broadacres Care Home, in Rotherham, over the winter holiday.
The woollen trees are constructed from dozens of knitted pom poms, proving safer for elderly residents with dementia than a traditional tree.
To create the pom pom Christmas trees the homes are appealing for donations of wool.
They are also looking for local craft groups or volunteers who can knit to help run knitting sessions at the homes.
Helen Walker, home manager at Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, Parkgate, said: “Those with dementia are not always fully aware of their surroundings and how they can hurt themselves.
“The pom pom Christmas trees are a soft alternative to a traditional tree, making it much safer for our residents.
“We’re planning ahead and appealing for donations of wool and volunteers now, so we can get to work on the trees as soon as possible.”
Julia Chambers, home manager at Deangate Care Home, on Towngate, Mapplewell, added: “If anyone has any old wool hanging around they’re not going to be using, please drop it into the home.
“The wool can be any colour and any length. The brighter our Christmas trees the better, so if you’re able to help we would be hugely grateful.”