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Members of All Saints' Knitting Group have been busy producing many little bonding squares and little colourful hats used by parents, carers, and hospital staff in the care of new-borns, particularly of premature babies.
Bonding squares are small pieces of soft material, knitted or crocheted. These squares can be used to encourage bonding between mums/carers and their babies, through sensory perception. Skin-to-skin contact is the most effective way to bond with a new-born baby. This can usually be done immediately after birth but sometimes this is not possible. In these cases, mums/carers can use bonding squares. Using these squares could also improve mums’ supply of breast milk.
Bonding squares have been supplied to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, and Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, while the hats will be sent to Dreamland Mission Hospital in Kimilili, near Mount Eldoret on the Kenyan/Ugandan border.
Find out more about the Knitting Group here.
Today marks the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine.
Ukraine war in numbers: 8.1 million refugees fled Ukraine - 5.4 million people were driven from their homes (internally displaced) - 17.6 million people in Ukraine needing humanitarian aid - 8,006 confirmed civilian deaths - Around 9,000 Ukrainian troops killed - Around 200,000 Russian troops killed - Over 65,000 suspected war crimes reported.
Figures from The Independent (24 Feb 2023)
Can you help? Even small acts of love and compassion can alleviate the sufferings of others. Visit our website to find out about our collection of good and funds for Ukraine. We need: Blankets, Winter Clothes, Tents, Sleeping Bags, Waterproof Gear, Long Life Food, First Aid Essentials, Medicines and Medical Supplies. Funds raised so far have been transferred to the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (Luton). Cash donations should be clearly marked "Ukraine".