Hundreds of knitted items for premature babies have been donated by the Ashington branch of a building society.
Staff and customers at the Newcastle Building Society have knitted bonnets, cardigans, blankets and booties for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s special care baby unit at Wansbeck General Hospital.
Ivy Campbell, branch manager of Newcastle Building Society in Ashington, said: “As a branch based in a local community, it’s very important to us to support organisations that offer a vital resource.
“So, it made perfect sense to us to help Wansbeck hospital in any way we can.
“The premature baby unit seemed a perfect fit as my nephew, who was born 18 years ago, was two months premature, so I know first-hand of how vital this unit is.
“We have loved every minute of this initiative; so much so we’ve extended it and are encouraging people to keep on knitting.
“Any knitted baby items can be handed into our branch, which will be donated to the hospital. Or alternatively balls of wool would be gratefully received.”
Joan Oliver, ward manager of the special care baby unit, said: “We were touched that so many of the staff and customers at the branch took part in this initiative and knitted these beautiful items for us.
“It is a stressful time for families when babies need to spend time on the unit and being able to give them a cardigan or a bonnet that has been hand-crafted is lovely gesture which they really appreciate.
“We would like to thank the staff and customers at the building society for their efforts and express our gratitude that they’ve decided to continue knitting.”
The donation is through the trust’s Bright Charity which works to provide the extras not usually funded by the NHS but which ensure patients have the best experience possible in hospital.