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Knitted items for premature babies

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Knitted items for premature babies

An Ashington building society branch has donated hundreds of knitted items for premature babies at Wansbeck General Hospital.

Staff and customers at the Newcastle Building Society have knitted bonnets, cardigans, blankets and booties for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s special care baby unit as part of a community initiative.

Ivy Campbell, branch manager of Newcastle Building Society, Ashington, said: “As a branch based in a local community, it’s very important to us to support organisations that offer a vital resource.

“So, it made perfect sense to us to help Wansbeck hospital in any way we can. The premature baby unit seemed a perfect fit as my nephew, who was born 18 years ago, was two months premature so I know first-hand of how vital this unit is.

“We have loved every minute of this initiative; so much so, we’ve extended it and are encouraging people to keep on knitting. Any knitted baby items can be handed into our branch, which will be donated to the hospital. Or alternatively balls of wool would be gratefully received.”

Joan Oliver, ward manager of the special care baby unit, said: “We were touched that so many of the staff and customers at the branch took part in this initiative and knitted these beautiful items for us.

“It is an extremely stressful time for families when babies need to spend time on the unit and being able to give them a cardigan or a bonnet that has been lovingly hand-crafted is lovely gesture which they really appreciate.

“We would like to thank the staff and customers at the building society for their efforts and express our gratitude that they’ve decided to continue knitting.”

The donation is through Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright Charity which works hard to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS but which ensure patients of all ages have the best experience possible in hospital.