Premature babies get help from Knit and Natter group

Published on: 01 Apr 2015

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BABIES in the neonatal intensive care unit at Southmead Hospital are well dressed thanks to members of a Knit and Natter group in Emersons Green.

The knitters, who celebrate their first anniversary this month, have made colourful vests, jackets and blankets for the tiny newborns.

The idea came from group member Lynne Reed, whose granddaughter Martha, now aged nine, spent time in the unit after being born at 30 weeks.

She explained: “The babies don’t need clothes when they are in the incubator but they can be dressed when they come out into the hot beds. It is such a thrill to see them in the clothes.”

The group, which meets in the village hall on Monday mornings and is co-ordinated by Lynne and Margaret Anderson, has received a letter of thanks from the unit for the donations.

The group started out with about a dozen members ranging in age from about 40 to 80 and now has double that number. Anyone is welcome at the meetings, which are from 10.30-12.30, and members can knit baby clothes or bring their own knitting, crochet, patchwork or needlecraft projects. The only cost is £1 for tea or coffee.

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