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Halifax residents knitted up a storm for a good cause

Halifax residents knitted up a storm for a good cause

Halifax residents at Clement Court Housing with Care scheme raised £130 as well as donating handmade hats and booties to Calderdale Neonatal unit.  

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The money was raised by residents through their monthly coffee afternoons which are run by staff volunteers. The group uses a vote to decide which charity to donate to next. In the past they have raised money for Overgate Hospice, Macmillan, Prostate Cancer and a local Donkey Sanctuary.

Calderdale Neonatal Unit provides care for preterm and sick newborn babies in the Calderdale and Kirklees area. The unit can deliver high dependency and special care for babies born at 27 weeks or later. 

In the future the residents aim to donate more handmade hats, gloves and booties to the Unit. They also aim to donate knitted cardigans and squares which can be used by the mothers in the unit to help bond with their newborn. 

Debbie Martin, a Nursing Sister on the Special Care Baby Unit, said: “Donations we receive for the Unit are very important. Many parents are tired and worried with the trauma of having a poorly baby. Monetary donations mean we can do lovely activities at the Unit so parents can relax and bond with their babies. 

“Knitted items are also very important for the babies on the Unit as warmth can help the babies gain weight and grow. The Unit has really appreciated the residents’ donations. They did a fantastic job and were so generous!”

Paula Lord, Housing with Care Scheme manager, said: “It’s great to see residents come together and donate their needlework which has been made with love. For some it has been a long time since they last had a chance to knit and doing this has rekindled their passion for the hobby as well as their want to help those in need.”  

If you would like to know more about Calderdale Neonatal Unit you can visit: https://www.cht.nhs.uk/services/clinical-services/neonatal-unit/  

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