A hospital’s social media appeal was such a success that it has been swamped with 12000 knitted baby hats – enough to last six years.
Midwives at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton made a Facebook appeal in February, asking keen knitters to send in baby hats for new-borns at the hospital. The hats are given to babies soon after birth, to prevent the risk of hypothermia as they adapt to temperatures outside the womb.
The post reached more than 800,000 people worldwide, resulting in hats arriving from places as far-flung as Australia. One young girl, who was born at the Trust 11 years ago, visited the hospital with her mum, to drop off a bag of hats that her family had knitted.
However, despite further social media posts asking for an end to donations, knitted goods are still trickling in.
Alison Talbot, Head of Midwifery at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who was part of this wonderful response and are stunned at the number of hats that have arrived. Our appeal really caught the imagination of knitters across the country, of all ages and abilities.
“However, we certainly have enough hats for the time being. We’re running out of storage space and our babies are now all very cosy!”
None of the hats will go to waste and the hospital is now offering them to other nearby maternity units.
For more information on the maternity unit at George Eliot Hospital, visit: http://www.geh.nhs.uk/directory-of-services/specialties-and-services/m/maternity/