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Community project donates kind knitted gifts to sick babies

UCLan knitting donations with our Neonatal staff

Our Neonatal Unit at Royal Preston Hospital has received a generous amount of winter woollies as gifts for families with premature or sick babies.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) runs a community shop in Preston and since November, Lee Mac, Shop Manager, has been championing a project with volunteers called ‘Knitting November’. The idea was to get everyone together to knit hats, gloves, blankets, booties and cardigans in a range of sizes to be sent on to different hospitals in the local areas.

Our Neonatal Unit was visited by Lee and some of his lovely volunteers, Pat Morris and her mother, Olive Appleby, and Enid Bosworth, who gave us a box bursting with beautiful designs to be passed on to very grateful parents.

Joanne Smith, Matron, said: “We really appreciate the generosity and hard work of everyone at the UCLan Community Shop. All knitwear, especially hats, is an important part of our care in Neonatal, as it helps to keep our babies warm and cosy in their cots. This will mean a lot to our families, thank you!”

Lee said: “Our fabulous volunteers have done knitting projects previously but wanted to do something special for the community this year. Over the past two months, we’ve had great success and will be continuing the project into next year as well- their enthusiasm has even encouraged me to start knitting! If anyone would like to join us and get involved, we’ll be holding more fun sessions every Monday.”

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