Beatrice, 93, knitting tea cosies to raise charity cash

Beatrice O'Shea and Barbara Wood, manager of Number 61 Guest House and Tea Room.

Beatrice O'Shea and Barbara Wood, manager of Number 61 Guest House and Tea Room.

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AN ELDERLY lady has taken to knitting tea cosies to help the terminally ill.

Beatrice O’Shea, 93, has raised more than £1,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice in just under three years.

And she has been selling the cute teapot accessories at Number 61 Guest House and Tea Room in Tynemouth.

She said: “I’ve always knitted but I lost interest in it for a little while.

“When the opportunity came up to make these tea cosies for a charitable cause, it became something that kept me busy and my mind occupied.

“I’m delighted and very proud that selling them has raised so much money. “I couldn’t believe how much it all added up to.

“I’ve always supported St Oswald’s through their charity shops because they are a worthwhile local cause and the money is used wisely.

“This became an extra way of helping.”

St Oswald’s fundraiser Amy Slater said: “Beatrice’s tea cosies are a fantastic example that small things can make a big difference.”