Mary & Biddy Get Knitting for Good

Thursday, 11 October, 2018

One of Ireland’s best known mother and daughter duos of yesteryear, actors Geraldine Plunkett and Mary McEvoy, reunited to launch Beaumont Hospital Foundation’s Knitivity fundraising campaign which is supported by Haven Pharmacy and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. Knitivity invites people countrywide to get knitting for good by creating a range of Christmas themed patterns that make great gift items and stocking fillers. Once knit, the Foundation asks people to sell their creations locally; to return them by freepost for sale through the hospital or to drop them to any Haven Pharmacy countrywide from where they will be sold with 100% of sales remitted to Beaumont Hospital to fund equipment that improves patient care.

The Knitivity range features projects for both the experienced and the novice knitter and the charity is asking primary school teachers to get their pupils involved by knitting in support of the hospital. The 2018 pattern booklet includes patterns for tea cosies, door wreaths and elves as well as simpler items such as mug cosies, festive lapel pins and a miniature hat and scarf sets for decorating gift bottles. The price range is from €5 to €40 and the completed knits are sold in attractive branded gift bags, accompanied by a ID card (giving the name and county of origin of the item’s creator) to acknowledge and personalise their contribution.

The patterns are available for download at They are also available in a printed booklet which can be posted to people who register on the charity’s website and available from all Haven Pharmacies countrywide. The starter pack includes a pattern booklet, sew-on fabric Knitivity labels to brand the knitted items, ID cards for knitters to provide their name and county of origin and printed freepost return labels.

We are encouraging knitters to sell their items locally at Christmas fairs and other festive events and remit the funds to the hospital. Alternatively, you can return your completed work to us here in Beaumont or to any Haven Pharmacy to save on postage. The festive items make wonderful gifts and stocking fillers and Haven Pharmacies will remit 100% of the sales price to us.

If you would like to get involved you can register to receive a Knitivity pack at; by phone on 01 – 809 2457 or, you can pick one up in your local Haven Pharmacy (see