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Neonatal knitwear is a welcome gift

The older generation has been giving a helping hand to the very youngest and vulnerable members of society.

Twenty five members of the Senior Citizens Support Group in Horbury, have spent weeks knitting scores of blankets, cardigans, booties, hats and other items for the Neonatal Unit on Gate 19 at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield. One member even knitted an impressive neo-natal unit display and Alice in wonderland cuddly toys.

Staff were thrilled when two of the group members delivered the gifts in person.

Louise Smith, Senior Sister on the Neonatal Unit, said: “We couldn’t believe how busy the members of the Senior Citizens Support Group have been – the knitwear is fantastic. The group have been working hard for weeks making the knitwear and I have to extend our thanks to every person involved. We can’t wait to showcase the knitted display of the neonatal nurse and baby on the unit. It’s absolutely brilliant!”

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 Senior Citizens Support Group was set up six years ago by Carol Boyer and four other members, in memory of a dear friend and fellow knitter Gwen Corcoran. The 25 members of the group are aged between 60 and 95 and meet once a fortnight to share knitting ideas and to catch up over coffee and cake.

Carol Boyer from the Horbury and Ossett-based Senior Citizens Support Group said: “The Neonatal Unit provides a fantastic service to the region and we’re only too glad to help. It’s nice to think that the older generation are doing their bit to help the youngest and most vulnerable in society.”