YOUNGSTERS at Hagley Rainbows picked up their knitting needles to make hats for premature babies as part of a national campaign
The group created 24 hats as part of the ‘Make a Hat for a Preemie’ campaign run by Preemies UK and supported by vCreate.
By the end of the campaign in May, more than 300 woolly hats will have been donated overall, with more expected to arrive.
Groups and individuals got involved, either because they have experienced the stress of premature birth first-hand and/or because they wanted to support a worthwhile project.
Hagley Rainbows group leader, Maxine Wyeth, has personal experience of premature birth and was keen to support the campaign.
She said: “I am so pleased and proud of my Rainbows participating in such a worthwhile cause.
“Previously I had suffered five miscarriages and two and a healf years of unexplained infertility, so when my little miracle daughter Georgina was born, I could not thank the nursing staff enough for all the care and support they gave me during my eight days in hospital.
“My daughter is now a very happy, agile young girl doing exceptionally well at school.
“The little knitted hats are such a comfort to both baby and mum, as not only do they keep them warm, they make baby look cosy and protected, in what appears to be a very frightening incubator full of wires and tubes.
“And of course, having their own preemie hats avoids cross contamination which is crucial when their little immune systems are still developing.”