Knit­ting makes a dif­fer­ence

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

A TAL­ENTED group of ladies in Cas­tle Don­ing­ton are pro­vid­ing tremen­dous sup­port to a hospi­tal baby unit by mak­ing hand­made knit­ted and cro­cheted clothes, blan­kets and ac­ces­sories.

Mavis Houldsworth, Beryl Wil­liams, Carly Hosker, Ruth Brad­burn, Iris Rus­sell and Eleanor Wib­ber­ley are vol­un­teer knit­ters that make items for Royal Derby Hospi­tal.

They make cardi­gans, blan­kets, mit­tens, booties, hats, ted­dies and jumpers on an on­go­ing ba­sis.

The tiny items go to the NICU to keep pre­ma­ture and poorly ba­bies warm, and larger pieces are sold on the Friends of the Baby Unit char­ity stall.

Mrs Hosker said: “The ba­bies I cro­chet for are so vul­ner­a­ble. It’s a plea­sure to be able to help them.”

Mrs Wil­liams, a great-grand­mother of more than 30, said: “I en­joy mak­ing the blan­kets. It keeps me busy and I feel like I am re­ally help­ing.”

And Mrs Wib­ber­ley said: “Mak­ing items for the baby unit keeps my mind and hands busy and I take huge sat­is­fac­tion in know­ing it’s all for such a great cause.”

Mrs Brad­burn, who jug­gles her time be­tween work­ing in a school and mak­ing hand­made pieces, makes items such as knit­ted toys as well as cardi­gans and hats.

And Mrs Houldsworth says she is de­lighted to sup­port the baby unit and reg­u­larly do­nates hand­made new­born hats in a va­ri­ety of colours and sizes.

Niki Walker, a Cas­tle Don­ing­ton res­i­dent and Friends of the Baby Unit com­mit­tee mem­ber, whose twins spent a month in the unit after ar­riv­ing early, said: “These ladies are true he­roes and their work is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Pic­tured is Eleanor Wib­ber­ley.

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