Craft group’s ‘bonding hearts’ helping to support mums and babies at Neo-natal unit | Latest news

Craft group’s ‘bonding hearts’ helping to support mums and babies at Neo-natal unit

Hundreds of fabric hearts, which help build bonds between new mums and their premature babies have been generously donated to the Neo-natal Unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield by a kind-hearted local craft group.

When admitted to the neo-natal unit two bonding hearts are given to the new mums. Mum wears one heart next to her skin and the other one is placed next to the baby to transfer their smell on them, then they are swapped over regularly.

The Ackworth Needles & Pins craft group, created the bonding hearts at one of their sewing workshops for the Neonatal Unit on Gate 19 at Pinderfields Hospital.

Staff on the Neo-natal Unit at Pinderfields Hospital were thrilled when two of the group members delivered the gifts in person.

Julia Thomas, Senior Sister on the Neonatal Unit, said: “The hearts are absolutely beautiful! The group have done a fantastic job making the hearts and I have to extend our thanks to every person involved.”

Pinderfields Hospital provides specialist care for very premature or very ill new-born babies from across North Kirklees and the Wakefield district within its Gate 19 facilities. 

The fabric for the hearts was supplied by Walton’s Fabrics in Goldthorpe at a greatly reduced rate and was paid for with a £50 donation from Ackworth Co op.

The Ackworth Needles & Pins craft group was set up in January 2014  by group leader Helen Penty in her dining room and has now grown into a large talented group of friends. The group meet every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm in the parish room above Bell Lane Library.