Babies being cared for at Worcester’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have been given warm hats lovingly knitted by a resident at a Sanctuary Care home in Upton-upon-Severn.
Beechwood Residential Care Home resident Emily Hall loves knitting, so embarked on a mammoth knitathon to make hats for Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which offers specialist care for babies born too small, too sick or too soon.
Emily enlisted the help of friends of the home and fellow residents – and between them they filled a large basket with beautifully knitted hats and booties, which she and the home’s manager Carole Hall personally donated to staff at the unit.
The 86-year-old, who has lived at Beechwood for 17 years said: “It is lovely to know that the babies will be warm, especially in winter.”
Vicky Olson, nursery nurse said: “We’re so grateful for this donation from Beechwood Residential Care Home. It’s vital that babies born too early, too small or too sick are able to keep warm, especially during winter. Knitted hats are a great way to help babies maintain their body temperature.”
Lindsay Taylor-Savidge, Beechwood’s deputy manager said: “Emily loves to knit and is absolutely brilliant at it, so this has been a really lovely project for her. She is very proud to know that she has done something to help the babies and will be thinking of them wearing her hats.”