Knitting for neonatal units

Kind hearted knitting enthusiasts from Driffield are making a real difference to neonatal units across the country by providing clothing and gifts for tiny babies.

Members of Tiny Treasures knit, sew or crochet items of clothing and toys to send to hospitals across the UK for babies who have been born prematurely, are in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) or who have died.

The group which launched in May this year already has over 3,000 members worldwide with hundreds of items being sent each week. Items include handmade cardigans, blankets, hats, mittens,teddies and angel wraps for babies who have passed away.

Tiny Treasures was set up by Driffield resident Jess Laughton. She said: “I was training to be a paediatric nurse in a neonatal unit and unfortunately due to health issues I was unable to continue with my training. I set up Tiny Treasures as a way of still being able to do my bit to help those babies and their families.“The response has been amazing and exceeded all my expectations.

Last week we posted out 1,380 items to 32 different hospitals.”To mark 100 days since the group formed, Jess set members the challenge of knitting much needed hats for the units. In just three weeks a staggering 11,472 tiny handmade hats have been collected by the group and are now being packaged up and sent off to hospitals across the UK.

Jess added: “Everybody enjoys a challenge and the response we had to the hat challenge was amazing.“We have already set members their next challenge which is the Christmas challenge to provide stockings for the units for Christmas Day filled with teddies, tree decorations, finger puppets, books and a card.”Group member Jody Hearne said: “The group brings like minded people together. Everyone is friendly and helps each other out and it is providing much needed clothing for the neonatal units.“  My son was 4lb 8oz when he was born and I think many people in the group know someone who has been affected by premature birth, miscarriage or poorly babies.”

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The group meets every Thursday afternoon at the Bell Hotel from 1pm until 3pm. If anyone is interested in joining or finding out more they can attend the group or see the group’s website at www.tinyt.co.uk.

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You can also help by donating additional supplies such as wool,ribbon, buttons and material. The group fundraises to cover the cost of posting the items to hospitals.

Tiny Treasures is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 28th November from 1pm until 3pm at the Drffield Methodist Church Hall.Craft stalls, raffle, tombola and a cake stall, as well as Santa in his grotto will be on offer at the event.

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