Hats a perfect way to keep babies cosy

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KNITTERS across the east of Fife and beyond have made well over 100 hats for premature babies born at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

Colinsburgh resident Moira Laurie approached local knitting groups after her daughter, who is pregnant, and her daughter’s sister in law, who works as a nurse at Ninewells, suggested she knit hats for the hospital.

She explained: “I’d only just started knitting and I was trying to do cardigans for when my daughter’s baby is born. As I was a new knitter, I thought I could use some help, so I went to my local craft group in Colinsburgh and the Woolly Brew shop in Pittenweem.”

Local knitters appear to have taken the mission to heart, with the Colinsburgh and Kilconquhar craft group collecting 65 hats, while the Woolly Brew has collected at least 70.

Karen Grant of the Woolly Brew said after she posted a note about the hats on the shop’s Facebook page, she started receiving donations form further afield, including hats from a knitter in Southampton. She and her business partner Fiona Wright have been finding hats pushed through their shop’s letterbox.

Joyce Leggate, NHS Fife clinical midwifery manager, said: “We’d like to thank everyone for this lovely donation.

“We recognise a lot of time and skill has gone into this and appreciate the efforts of all the knitters involved.

“It is also much appreciated by parents of the babies who are given the hats, especially in the neonatal unit.”