We are very fortunate to have a number of local groups, businesses and individuals who take on knitting projects for us.
Southampton Hospital Charity are currently trying to expand the range of knitting we can provide to different areas of the hospital. We would love help with these knitting projects, and the templates for each of these projects can be found below. Some are seasonal, however we are happy to accept these at any time of the year to build up the supplies ready for us to distribute across the hospital at the right time of the year.
Please put any finished items in the post to us at Southampton Hospital Charity, Mailpoint 135, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD or pop in to see us as we love to see what everyone has created. We are based by the main reception at Southampton General Hospital.
It takes great skill to knit and we take our hats off to you all. Some of the creations we have seen over the years have been incredible!!
Neonatal unit and maternity wards:
We currently have a surplus of knitted hats, jackets, socks and mitts for our smallest patients so unfortunately we cannot take any more at this time.
For all those people who can sew, the neonatal unit does need sheets. These should be linen sheet material, with sewn hems around the outside to avoid fraying, and about a pillow case size. Feel free to add any sewn decoration on these (stitching only, no bead work).
These are used as distraction for our dementia patients (generally our elderly patients) to give them something to fiddle with rather than medical lines. They look like an open-ended sleeve and are a knitted cylindrical tube with buttons and ribbons sewn on the inside and outside.
Update: This was a new knitting venture for us in 2016, and they have been really well received by our staff and patients, so thank you to everyone who has knitted twiddlemitt for us.
Bunnies and chicks
We got some knitted bunnies and chicks donated to us in 2016 and thought they were simply brilliant! All of the bunnies and chicks can have small Easter eggs inserted e.g. the crème eggs or caramel chocolates, and these we give to our children patients over the Easter period.
Excess stock is sold to siblings or visitors to the hospital to raise additional monies for the charity.
Christmas is a time to remembrance and thanks, and as such, we want to give as many of our patients one of these items so that everyone can get a Christmas present or something special over the festive period. Excess stock can also be used by our staff to sell to raise money for their ward/department.