Knitted baby gifts from former staff

Advanced neonatal nurse practitioner, Liz Morrison, with neonatal unit sisters Sarah Heydon, and Amy Gregory, with knitted snowmen

Advanced neonatal nurse practitioner, Liz Morrison, with neonatal unit sisters Sarah Heydon, and Amy Gregory, with knitted snowmen

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A group of kind-hearted former NHS employees has given a special Christmas present to the Neonatal Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of the NHS Retirement Fellowship presented knitted snowmen, baby clothes and blankets to staff on the unit.

Some of the knitted  goods on offer

Some of the knitted goods on offer

Catherine Nash, ward manager for the Neonatal Unit, said: “We put together a bag of presents for every baby on the unit at Christmas.

“We leave the bags out on Christmas night so they have them on Christmas day.

“We’d like to thank the fellowship for taking the time to knit the snowmen and clothes. We really appreciate what they have done.”

The Neonatal Unit cares for any baby born early or with a medical condition for as long as he or she needs to stay in hospital.

We put together a bag of presents for every baby on the unit at Christmas

Sylvia Bagot, fellowship secretary, said: “We would be pleased to welcome new members to our group who are about to retire or have retired from the NHS.”

The fellowship meets at 1.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month at St Martin’s and St Hilda’s Church Hall in Carleton.

Members of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of the NHS Retirement Fellowship with some of their knitted gifts

Members of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of the NHS Retirement Fellowship with some of their knitted gifts