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Knitting hats for newborns at St Catherine's

St Catherine’s Care Home in Bolton hold a ‘knit and natter’ group every Friday morning for their residents, relatives and friends. During these sessions, the group have been hard at work knitting hats for newborn babies at Royal Bolton Hospital.

All babies born at the hospital have a warm, knitted hat placed on them shortly after birth. Since the hospital started this routine, they have significantly reduced the unexpected full term admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit, proving that this simple intervention is improving the health of their babies.

The hospital use around 450 hats per month, so St Catherine’s work hard to ensure the hospital are never without donations. In fact, the hospital receive so many hats and donations, that many are sold at fairs to help raise funds to go towards improvements in the birthing unit.

Midwives from Bolton Hospital visited St Catherine’s last week to meet the wonderful group and collect all of their hats, as well as present them with a thank you letter from the hospital.

A huge well done to all members of the knitting group at St Catherine’s for their hard work and dedication to a very worthy cause.

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