Appeal for help to create blankets for each baby in hospital’s neonatal unit to take home

Barbara and Gill with some of the miracle blankets ANL-151112-123445001
Barbara and Gill with some of the miracle blankets ANL-151112-123445001
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Two quilters at West Suffolk Hospital are appealing for help to create enough blankets for each baby in the neonatal unit to take home.

Personal assistants Gill Swash and Barbara Bailey have spent the last three months crafting small quilts - known as ‘miracle blankets’ - to donate to the neonatal unit at the Bury St Edmunds hospital.

Parents whose babies stay in hospital for more than three weeks are able to choose a blanket as a reminder of their journey and to take with them when they return home.

They hope eventually to provide enough blankets so that every baby in the neonatal unit can take one home - and are appealing for other people to come forward to help them reach their goal.

Gill, who saw the idea in a craft magazine, said: “I thought the blankets were a really lovely idea as they help alleviate the stress of being in the neonatal unit and bring a bit of pleasure at the same time.

“Between us, we have made about 25 quilts so far, in a range of different designs.

“We would really like every baby who is cared for in the neonatal unit to be able to take home a blanket.

“We hope that other quilters will be able to help us by getting out their craft materials and using up their odd scraps of fabric to make something which will be cherished by a family at what can be a very stressful time.”

The Cosy Cabin at Risby Barns has arranged a day-long session on January 9 for anyone who wants to learn to create a miracle blanket.

For more details, visit www.thecosycabin.co.uk

Anyone who can create a blanket or donate 100 per cent cotton fabric should email Gill and Barbara at gill.swash@wsh.nhs.uk