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Aylesbury ward caring for grieving parents needs knitters' help

Ward 16b at Stoke Mandeville Hospital use knitted 'ice cream tub' cribs

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:44am 28th April 2020. (Updated at 12:35pm 28th April 2020) 2-minute read.

Aylesbury ward caring for grieving parents needs knitters' help

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Ward 16B at Stoke Mandeville put the children into woolly, ice-cream-tub-size cribs, but the lockdown has cut off supplies.

Sister Sarah Kehoe told us why they do that:

"Once the babies are born then we put them in the baskets.

"It's just a way of showing respect to them, really and it's something nice for the babies to go into.

"Then the parents can spend time with their baby if they want to."

Usually, they have charities who help to supply the cribs and blankets, but the current situation has made that too tricky.

Ice cream tub cribs blankets
The blankets are also much-needed

So an appeal is going out to all of those who knit to get stuck in and help.

Sarah added:

"There is a knitting pattern we have and a picture demonstrating what the basket looks like (above).

"So we are just looking for people who can knit those for us really."

If you can help, send your contributions to Ward 16B at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The cribs, ideally, need to be knitted around the ice cream tubs, usually a Carte-D'Or size

They prefer gender neutral colours, such as white, cream or ivory.

Download the patterns here (docx)

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