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Disabled learners knit hats and blankets for babies on neonatal unit

29 May 2015

Health Care

Disabled learners from Southend Adult Community College (SACC) have donated a collection of hand-knitted items to the hospital’s neonatal unit to help keep the babies warm.

The learners have been working on the project for almost a year, learning new skills along the way, and they have all thoroughly enjoyed knitting the tiny hats and blankets for the babies.

Terry Summers, course tutor at SAC, contacted the hospital and invited Mica Day, community fundraiser, to meet the learners and collect their knitted creations.

Terry Summers said: "I use half of the session to allow the learners to knit their own project and the other half to let them knit a group project. My idea this year was to visit the neonatal unit at Southend Hospital and ask what items they needed for the premature babies, so that we could all knit and donate to the unit. I know they are very grateful for any donations they receive and I hope this helps."

Mica Day, community fundraiser at the hospital, added: "It's so lovely to see the community getting involved in projects like this and using their skills to help patients at the hospital. The neonatal unit deals with a lot different babies at different stages of care. We are extremely grateful for the support from this group and the donations of blankets and hats will help lots of future families on the unit".

IMAGE: Mica Day (front right) with learners and staff at Southend Adult Community College.