Care Home Knitters Donate 100 Hats to Royal Derby NICU
Swadlincote care home

Care Home Knitters Donate 100 Hats to Royal Derby NICU

Residents from Cadley Hill View care home in Swadlincote have been using their knitting skills to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal Derby Hospital.

After the hospital put out a call for premature baby clothing during the cold winter months, Cadley Hill View’s Knit and Natter club, who meet every Tuesday in the care home, grabbed their knitting needles and got to work!

87-year-old Cadley Hill View resident and avid knitter, Gwendoline ‘Ruby’ Cleobury, couldn’t wait to get started. Ruby said,

‘I was so happy to be involved with knitting the baby clothes, I’ve especially enjoyed making little hats. I’ve donated knitted teddies to the NICU before, which only made me want to help more.’

The Knit and Natter Club knitted a total of 100 NICU baby hats to donate to the hospital, which Home Manager, Dave Godrich, personally delivered. He said,

‘We do everything we can to support our residents to live fulfilling lives and be involved in our community, and we couldn’t be any prouder of our Knit and Natter Club for their generosity to the Royal Derby Hospital.’

When Dave handed over the basket full of hats, the staff in the NICU were ‘thrilled’ to receive the donation and sent their thanks to the knitters.

Since their donation, the Knit and Natter Club have been knitting pastel-coloured blankets and squares, preparing for their next donation drop off to the hospital.

Cadley Hill View is a purpose-built luxury residential and dementia care home, located on Darklands Road in Swadlincote. With 66 ensuite bedrooms, the home provides person-centred care and a full and varied activities programme.

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