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Cruise customers donate winter woollies to neonatal unit

4 December 2017

Representatives from the neonatal ward receive the donations from Shearings HolidayPremature babies at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust’s neonatal unit were given a generous donation of winter woollies from the customers of a major holiday company.

Members of staff at Wigan Royal Albert Edward Infirmary were presented with the kind gift on World Prematurity Day from tour operator, Shearings Holidays, whose customers had spent time on holiday this summer to make sure the most vulnerable babies at the hospital are well taken care of.

Over 100 pieces of knitted clothing were donated by the company, based at Waterside House, Wigan Pier Business Park, including bootees, hats, cardigans and gloves, handmade during relaxation time on their cruise ships.

Julie Armstrong, Neonatal Unit Manager said: “We are always grateful for knitted woollies as a lot of our new parents say they can’t find cardigans small enough for their babies who have arrived a little earlier than planned.

“The hats certainly come in useful to keep heads warm when the babies are out of the incubators during skin to skin therapy.

“The donations couldn’t have arrived on a better day as it was World Prematurity Day and we hope the customers enjoyed knitting them as much as we have enjoyed receiving them.”

Patricia Parry, River Cruise Product Manager at Shearings Holidays said: “Our amazing customers have been knitting these little woollies while enjoying our river cruises this summer.

“Knitting is just one of the many great activities we offer on our cruise ships and it is a great way for many of our customers to relax and enjoy their surroundings.

“We provide the wool and the patterns for premature babies, and all we ask, is that our customers donate the knitted items to help those in need.”