Volunteers from Asda’s West Bridgford store have been getting together to knit clothes for premature babies at Nottingham City Hospital.
The store’s community champion Christine Conway formed the knitting group with Gillian Limbert, Paul Guest and Jenny Pike after chatting to a customer who told her the hospital needed small jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves to pass on to families with little ones in the neonatal unit.
Across Nottingham City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre, around 1,500 babies are cared for every year. This includes babies born early and babies who require specialist medical care.
The specially knitted garments will be greatly welcomed at Nottingham’s large neo-natal unit, helping to ensure that premature babies, who are often too small to be clothed in shop bought items, can be kept warm.
Christine said: “A customer came in and happened to mention that City Hospital was looking for knitted items for very small newborns because they are very hard to get hold of.
“I thought it would be a lovely thing to do, so I mentioned it to a group of colleagues who all wanted to be involved.
“I’ve already dropped one load of knitted items off at the neonatal unit, and they were very grateful.
“These items also act as souvenirs for the parents, so they can see how small their babies once were.”
Lorraine Collins, ward manager at the neonatal unit, said: “We always feel a great sense of achievement when the babies are getting better, and we are always very grateful for the support we get from the public, including fundraising and, of course, the knitted items that are sent in.
“We are privileged to care for babies and families at their most vulnerable time.”