Chris Field's awarded 21-year service to Women's and Children's Hospital

Chris Field with a collection of her knitted dolls ready to be handed to young ones at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Chris Field with a collection of her knitted dolls ready to be handed to young ones at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

A service badge of significance recently presented to a Lyndoch lady provides only a glimmer of her impact in the region.

Chris Field is 89, 90 next June.

Last month the knitter, among a host of other titles, was recognised for 21 years service to the Women's and Children's Hospital for providing 100s of bags of hand made dolls for sick children.

Each bag she said contains about 40 knitted dolls, both male and female, with about seven created from scratch each week.

Mrs Field explained how often the children feel alone and afraid, especially as parents need to return to the remaining family or work.

"They can cuddle their dolls and tell them secrets," she said.

Yet peel back the layers of her life, and there's so much more to this energetic grandmother. For starters Mrs Field took up marathon running at age 55, quite successfully, and along the way managed to encourage others or at least challenge others to beat her times.

And her jovial manner at marathons would see her gain the respect of other runners as she called out "are we having fun" with a hearty positive response.

As a young person she would swim endlessly.

Her athleticism across the years led her to appear in several news articles, which she matter of factly shares.

While Lyndoch hasn't always been her home, having lived interstate, the Clare Valley and now the Barossa, she has certainly been involved and inclusive.

Last year she took it upon herself to instigate some roadside seating placed along Gilbert Street, Lyndoch, especially for a rest from the town centre.

During local council elections she had Bim Lange in her sights sending him a letter of request.

Her short yet sweet correspondence consisted of asking please could the town have seating with a simple tick to either yes or "don't like the idea".

"We now have a bench seat," she exclaimed happily.

The installation led her to send a letter of thanks and she's since mentioned how she is keen on meeting the Mayor face-to-face "should he have the time".

Mrs Field is also an active member of the Barossa Area Fundraisers for Cancer, proudly wearing the fundraisers unique purple top.

However, her greatest accomplishment is praised by her peers, neighbours and good friend Sue Pursche.

She instigated the 'out and about' bus trips.

As Sue Pursche recalls, Mrs Field mentioned to a volunteer bus driver that she had never been to Hahndorf so he said he would take her if he could fill a bus.

The request was met with The Barossa Council's support and before long the group set off on their first outing. Three years on and the trips have included suburban Adelaide sites and plenty of places of interest in the country.

"Thanks to Chris's eagerness to see more of South Australia more people from the Barossa have seen places for the first time in their lives - what a great feeling you get from seeing their faces," Mrs Pursche added.

"These trips are welcomed by many," she added.

Mrs Field's home, which exudes love and warmth of her family and those who visit, also promotes her interests in life.

An extensive and beautifully made quilt created by her hands hangs in her front room revealing a family tree. Wooden carvings and tapestries further show her off her busy mind and gifted hands.

And rest assure, Mrs Field shows no signs of taking her foot off the pedal either.

Her health is benefitted by early morning walks - a time she knows sets her on the right foot to start her day.