Re­gion takes up calls for blan­kets

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - VIR­GINIA WINDER

Piles of do­nated blan­kets and bags of wool are warm­ing the hearts of those pro­mot­ing the From Hard­ship to Hope cam­paign be­ing run by the Taranaki Health Foun­da­tion.

‘‘We are ex­tremely thrilled with the com­mu­nity’s gen­eros­ity,’’ said foun­da­tion gen­eral man­ager Bry Kopu. ’’It brings me to tears when I think about peo­ple from all over the re­gion show­ing their kind­ness and us­ing their tal­ents for the ben­e­fit of fam­i­lies that are less for­tu­nate than them­selves.’’

In June, the foun­da­tion asked peo­ple to knit or cro­chet blan­kets, edge cut-up good qual­ity woollen blan­kets or do­nate wool or money to buy Pe¯ pi Pods and tra­di­tional wo­ven flax wa­hakura, plus mat­tresses.

The life-sav­ing pods en­able ba­bies to sleep safely in their own space. Safe bed­ding, in­clud­ing pure cot­ton sheets and pure-wool blan­kets are given out with each Pe¯pi Pod or wa­hakura and peo­ple have been busy us­ing their crafty tal­ents to make the cov­ers.

‘‘The re­sponse is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,’’ says Pe¯pi Pods co­or­di­na­tor and safe sleep cham­pion Beki Madden. ‘‘All th­ese do­na­tions are go­ing to en­able the pro­gramme to carry on. It’s heart­warm­ing to know that peo­ple re­ally care this much.’’

Peo­ple have not only knit­ted and cro­cheted blan­kets; they have cut up lovely old woollen blan­kets and edged them with at­trac­tive bor­ders or blan­ket stitch.

Many of the blan­kets have been made by a women’s group called Crafty Yarn­ers, who meet ev­ery Fri­day in New Ply­mouth.

In Haw­era, Gabriele’s Al­ter­ations has been giv­ing a small dis­count on wool be­ing bought to make blan­kets and has been ask­ing peo­ple to do­nate a skein of wool and even bring in un­used balls from home.

‘‘As long as it’s 100% wool we don’t mind where it’s com­ing from,’’ says owner Gabriele Milse.

Taranaki Base Hospi­tal meet and greet vol­un­teer Mitty Grant has also been busy. She has cro­cheted three blan­kets, has a fur­ther two on the go and has taken wool for another.

Kopu says that wool, blan­kets and money do­na­tions for Pe¯pi Pods, wa­hakura and mat­tresses are still needed. ‘‘It will be on­go­ing but this gives the re­gion a re­ally good start.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.taranaki­health­foun­da­tion.org.nz or phone Bry Kopu on phone 06 753 8688.

VIR­GINIA WINDER

With just some of the wool and blan­kets do­nated for at-risk fam­i­lies are, from left, Mitty Grant, Bry Kopu, Beki Madden and Viv Lewis.

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