Premature babies kept warm by Putnoe knitting club

Premature babies kept warm by Putnoe knitting club

Premature babies in Stoke are being kept warm, thanks to the efforts of one knitting club in Putnoe.

The local library's Knit and Natter group has been producing a large number of woolly hats for the charity Knit for Peace, Bedfordshire on Sunday reported.

Meeting fortnightly, the club decided to produce the hats to be distributed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Dame Hilary Blume, director of the charity, told the newspaper: “It’s just great that these hats could go out to premature babies at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It’s very cheering for both parents, and staff, to see the babies in such nice knitted hats, they make a real difference to those who receive them.”

Knit and Natter is also willing to share its expertise and has been encouraging more people to pick up their yarn.

The group has recently held an event to encourage children to learn to knit and plenty of budding young knitters were in attendance.

Bedfordshire on Sunday revealed that the youngsters were inspired by the group and wanted to try their own hand at the craft.

Both teachers and pupils attended the half-term event and now intend to make a return visit during the up-coming Easter Holidays, when the group will hold the knitting class again.

Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said to the newspaper: “This was a win-win event. It enabled children to learn the traditional art of knitting while they enjoyed themselves, and the items produced by the adults will directly benefit premature babies during the cold weather; a truly heart-warming event for everyone involved.”

Knit and Natter are just the latest in a long line of knitters to put their needles to use for a good cause.

A mum from Droitwich recently managed to raise hundreds of pounds for a local hospice in memory of her son.

The Droitwich Advertiser revealed that Sue Fletcher, whose son Paul was looked after by St Richard's Hospital, created colourful scarves, selling 120 to raise more than £700.

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