When it comes to blankets, Sheila’s got it covered
A NURSE who dedicated her life to fighting to save the lives of premature babies has returned to her old hospital unit to present more much needed aid. Former sister Sheila Hooker, who now lives in New Romney, went back to the William Harvey special care baby unit on Friday, 18 years after she retired, to hand over 29 WI blankets knitted to keep the tiny tots warm. She was the winner of the East Kent Federation competition to find the best knitted blanket and was delighted to present them to unit matron, sister Karen Griffiths who used to be one of Sheila’s team. She was joined by her Middlemarsh WI president Barbara Shepherd for the ceremony and a tour of the unit.
Matron Karen Griffiths receives the WI blankets from former special care baby unit sister Sheila Hooker, second left, and Middlemarsh WI president Barbara Shephard, centre, in the William Harvey watched by staff nurse Shermi George, sister Tina Jones, staff nurse Louise Ruiz, and staff nurse Julia Ive