New Fobbing family receive special woollen gift from hospital knitters

KIND-hearted members of a local women’s group have been busy knitting for babies who need special care at Basildon University Hospital.  

Members of the Billericay Pilgrims Townswomen’s Guild delivered hundreds of hand- knitted blankets, hats, matinee jackets, mittens and teddies to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the hospital.

Four-day-old Willow Rose Finch, with parents Natalie and Luke, from Fobbing, was presented with a pink teddy by Stephanie Thompson, handicraft co-ordinator with the Guild.

Stephanie said: “We do a lot of work for charity, and we were very keen to do something for Basildon Hospital because most of us came here to have our babies.

Also visiting from the Guild was Sheila Poyner, Chair, and Tricia Marshall. Tricia was formerly a staff nurse on NICU, before leaving to work in the Congo for eight years, where she set up a midwifery unit. When she came back to Britain she returned to work at Basildon Hospital as Clinical Site Manager. Wendy Rogers, Senior Sister on NICU, said: “We are very grateful to the Guild for all these beautiful blankets and clothes. It can be a very anxious time for mums and dads on the NICU unit and it is lovely for them to know that other people are thinking of them.”

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L-R Back row: Fiona Nicholson, Staff Nurse; Wendy Rogers, Senior Sister; Sheila Poyner, Guild Chair; Stephanie Thompson and Tricia Marshall, Guild members Front row: Luke and Natalie Finch, with baby Willow Rose

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