Scheme aims to create hat and blanket babies born at Chippenham centre (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Scheme aims to create hat and blanket babies born at Chippenham centre
11:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
Older members of the Chippenham community are creating a special gift for its newest arrivals in a new knitting for newborns scheme.
Chippenham Birthing Centre is aiming to give every one of its newborns a hand-knitted hat and blanket to take home.
The birthing centre, based at Chippenham Community Hospital on Rowden Hill, has already seen about 50 knitting sets donated by members of the public.
Midwife Meg Cooper set the ball rolling. She wanted to involve the older generation in the birthing centre by letting them give something to the new generation.
Clinical lead midwife Lin Williams said: “It was all Meg’s idea and her mother-in-law, Lyn Cooper, said she was up for doing it and it spread by word of mouth among her friends. It was spontaneous, really; all these people started coming in dropping off bags of knitting.
“It’s good to be able to give the babies something warm to take with them, especially with winter on its way.”
The midwives have been delighted at how it has taken off. But with about 30 babies delivered there a month, they are calling on other keen knitters in the community to help keep up their supplies.
Mrs Cooper said: “We are very excited to be launching this project and are very thankful to our team of knitters in the community, who have already donated around 50 sets of beautiful hats and blankets. Anyone who likes knitting is welcome to take part and we can provide the measurements. The more people who want to support us the better.”
Anyone interested in knitting for newborns should call Meg Cooper on weekday mornings on (01249) 456467.