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24 January 2019

Lionesses Knit for Neonatal

Witham Lionesses knitting donation

The Witham and District Lionesses roared into Broomfield to donate a hamper of knitting to the Neonatal ward.

After hearing an appeal on BBC Essex last year, the pride of Lionesses knitted 90 hats, six blankets and a cardigan.

For children who are born prematurely - and potentially in an emergency - the clothes are essential to keep them warm and cosy. Often their parents have not had time to prepare for the birth and regular baby sizes may be too large.

Janette Burridge, president of the Lionesses, and Mary Stote, welfare officer, came to the hospital to present the much-need knitwear.

“We heard that the hospital wanted hats for premature babies, so I went to our meeting and said ‘Can we get on and knit some hats?’” said Janette. “One of our other members had also heard the appeal so we made them all get started, and then we moved on to making other colours. There were six of us who did the knitting: myself, Mary, Jenny, Rosie, Sheila and Pam, who’s not a member but wanted to help.”

Debbie Downs, junior sister on Neonatal, was delighted to receive the woollens: “We’re always short of blankets, hats and little cardigans so we’re very grateful to all the ladies who come and knit us items. It’s always appreciated.”