Last term the crochet club were busy working on baby hats. For the past two years, we have made it a little project for Christmas to present baby hats to the maternity hospital in Limerick. A babies first hat is very precious and one that is kept by parents as a treasured keepsake.
On Friday the 6th January a group from the crochet club travelled to Limerick to present their box of hats to the babies in the neo-natal unit of the hospital. We met with Deirdre O Connell, the nurse manager of the unit. She very kindly brought us into the unit to explain the importance of donating hats to babies who may need special care after birth. These hats are an essential garment worn by the babies to keep warm. Some of these babies are very small and need warmth, darkness and quietness for survival. The children were shown the incubators used to care for the babies and the different wards in which they stay while in neo- natal care. All the babies in the unit wear hats made by local voluntary knitting and crochet groups who continually donate hats for these precious babies.
It was a moving and heart- warming visit for all. We will continue to work on our crochet hats for future visits to the hospital. If anyone would like to donate a knitted or crochet hat, we would be delighted to add it to our collection.