Knitting makes a difference
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.