Newmarket-based Coalville knitting group inspired to help premature babies across the Midlands | Local News | New

A local knitting group has donated handmade items to neonatal units across the Midlands to help keep premature babies warm.

The Knit and Natter group of Newmarket in Coalville have been inspired to put their needlework to good use after a charity for premature babies appealed for handmade donations.

Cozy Clothes for Tiny Miracles is a small volunteer group based in Nuneaton that attracts volunteers to make knitted and crocheted items for babies who are sick or undersized.

Donations are being made to neonatal units at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, with the group hoping to expand its reach in the future.

Members of the Knit and Natter group have previously attempted to donate to charity shops but were turned down because the items legally require fiber content and care instructions.

They heard of the charity’s call and quickly got to work making blankets, collage squares, hats, mittens, boots and cardigans. Crochet octopuses are also made because the tentacles resemble umbilical cords, which comfort babies in incubators.

The group meets at Newmarket in Coalville, which is owned by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 10am-12pm.

Anyone interested in joining the group can drop in on the day and all skill levels are welcome. aptitude.

“Members can come, work on their own projects or share ideas about other local initiatives, which is how we came to support Cozy Clothes for Tiny Miracles.

“We’re always looking for new members, so if you love knitting and crocheting, bring your yarn and needles and come join us.”

Councilor Andrew Woodman, Community Services Portfolio Holder at Leicestershire North West District Councilsaid: “It’s really impressive to see the Knit and Natter group, which is probably a hobby for many and a place to meet like-minded people, supporting such an important cause.

“Donations like this really help the local community and allow volunteer groups like Cozy Clothes for Tiny Miracles to continue their great work.

“Knit and Natter is open to everyone, so if you’re interested in starting a new knitting or crocheting project and want to meet new people, go ahead and give it a try.”

Left to right Anna Swalwell, Pam Ebenbeck, Jayne Page, Tamara Skevington-Piggins, Therese Willoughby and Diane Ingram

Diane Ingram, Founder of Cozy Clothes for Tiny Miracles, said: “Our support is essential to help keep babies warm and we are working with our contacts at each hospital to provide as needed and respond to any calls you may have. they throw.

“We currently donate around 6,000 items a year and have around 50 women who knit and crochet for us and are always looking for volunteers to join us.

“Having had premature twins in the family, this is a cause close to my heart. I am always very touched by the support we receive, especially the kind donation from the ladies of the Knit and Natter group.”

For more information on events and groups in Newmarket, email the Council Markets team at [email protected] or call 01530 837785.