Kind hearted knitters from the Ramgarhia Sabha Reading have handed over 650 woollen items to the Royal Berkshire Hospital to be used on the maternity and elderly care wards.
The 20 women spent a year producing the woollens during their weekly ‘Knitter and Knatter’ social club meetings at their Temple in London Road, Earley.
They handed over the massive bundle of knitwear to RBH staff at a special event last Friday. The items included blankets, colour coded bobble hats (red for babies who need extra special care), bootees, cuddly toys and sensory patches for premature babies to pick up their mother’s scent.
Maternity Matron Sarah Bailey and Annette Emery from the elderly care wards are now distributing the knitwear to patients and families. Some of the cuddly toys will be sold to raise extra cash for the maternity ward.
Raj Singh Kalsi, President of the Ramgarhia Sabha Reading, said: “Our wonderful knitters started producing gifts for the hospital in 2017 and back then we were able to present three starter packs for the single mothers and the neo natal unit.
“Today I am very proud to say we have handed over more than 650 knitted items which will be used in both the maternity wards and also for patients with dementia.”
Rupee Chagar who leads the project, said: “The knitter obstetrics groups has been a great success since it started in January 2017. It has helped the ladies to come and socialise and help combat loneliness and isolation. And, whilst bringing the ladies together for some good company, they have also produced this wonderful array of knitted gifts for the hospital.”
Sarah said: “We’ve just overwhelmed by the number of items these wonderful ladies have produced for us. Each bundle bears a tag saying ‘made with love, knitter knatter group’ and you can almost feel the love and care and attention that’s gone into each piece.
“The knitwear will be put to very good use – for example the red bobble hats are a great way for us to identify babies that need extra attention, maybe they’re having difficulty feeding, whilst the green hats tell staff that the baby is perfectly healthy and feeding well.”
Annette said: “patients on the elderly care ward like the comfort of the knitted blankets so these amazing gifts are very much appreciated. We are so grateful to the knit and knatter group for doing this for us.”