Posted on Tuesday, August 30 2011 at 9am
Oxfordshire SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity) are asking for knitters to handmake baby blankets to be placed in memory boxes.
The memory boxes will be given to bereaved parents at hospitals around the UK in a bid to try and bring a little comfort through providing a way to create some memories to treasure when their baby is stillborn or dies shortly after birth.
The Memory Boxes also contain a camera, two teddy bears, and a keepsake bag to hold a lock of hair.
Sue Hale, who works with the charity’s 100 support groups across the country, says, “These handmade blankets form a very special part of the box we provide bereaved parents, and we have been told how much comfort they bring parents at such a difficult time.”
Sands can only accept blankets that are knitted in white and directs knitters to download a free pattern to make a simple square white blanket, kindly offered from Ray of Hope.
Once your blankets are finished please send them Sue Hale, Sands Memory Boxes, 78 Holme Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5AD, where they will be gratefully received.
If you wish to knit a blanket but have a query you can contact Sue directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A gesture like this makes a real difference, so please get involved if you can.