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Knitters Unite for Appeal.
Tuesday 8th April 2014 @ 09:00 by Anna Fletcher


A group called The Neonatal Knitters are looking for your help to deliver much needed items to premature babies at St Mary’s Hospital.
The group was founded by Sue Carrigan and Jenny Boff who saw an advert for the so called ‘Fish and Chip’ babies in Africa.
Babies were being sent home from  hospital in newspaper – from which the phrase was coined – and people began knitting clothes to clothe the new born. But Jenny and Sue decided they would like to do the same for babies on a more local level.
Sue said: “Every maternity hospital has a premature baby unit while all the babies at 20 odd weeks or even earlier go to St Mary’s Hospital Neo-Natal Unit and they’re the ones that need more help than anyone.
“It started off with just Jenny and myself kitting from home. “We started with beanie hats and it has just spread from person to person and it’s brilliant because now more people are helping.”
Since setting up their Facebook page, the word soon spread with around a dozen knitters attending weekly knit sessions at the Pavilion in Ashton’s Oxford Park with parcels for babies being sent from Yorkshire, West Midlands, Yorkshire, London and even Belfast.
The Neonatal Knitters meet every Wednesday at the Pavilion in Oxford Park in Ashton from 11am to 2pm.
For more information or to donate to help the group continue their good work visit the Neonatal Knitters Facebook page or contact Sue on 07582 151600 or Jenny on 07551 606001.
For more on this story pick up a copy of this week’s (3rd April) Tameside Reporter.