WELCOME TO THE WARM BABY PROJECT
In the UK alone approximately 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year and most of these early births come unexpectedly. These tiny babies naturally cannot fit into regular sized clothing & it can be hard to keep them warm. These tiny babies also need clothes for them to wear whilst in the NICU, as families often don't even have their hospital bags packed ready. Any that do, don't have clothes packed that are tiny enough!
In 2018, Baby Frankie was born to West Suffolk Hospital prematurely. He was given lots of knitted clothing to wear, and blankets to keep him warm. Frankie's Grandma decided to start knitting blankets for this hospital in order to give something back, as the knitted items had such a huge impact on Frankie's family in their time of need. Olivia, founder of the Warm baby project, then set up a Just giving page & Facebook page with the purpose of raising funds to be able to supply wool for Frankie's Grandma. This project then grew and grew, more and more knitters joined, now with a huge following. We now have wool banks across the country for knitters, so that they may continue to create beautifully knitted woollen items to help keep these premature babies warm & healthy.
The wool provided to our knitters, comes purely from the funds we raise through the donations of both wool and money - you can donate by our just giving page, wool drop off points, or by purchasing our merchandise. These funds allows us to purchase wool when needed & pay for postage to the appeal addresses. Any donations are gratefully received and help keep our knitters knitting, garments shipped & babies warm!
This project donates everything from cardigans, blankets, hats, traffic light hats', bonding squares to even teddy bears and cannula mittens. (You can read about the importance of these items on the knit for us page & FAQ page.)
What started as a small collection of donations for a local hospital has now grown into a full size knitting & garment distribution operation for hospitals throughout the UK- all made of up of kind like-minded crafty strangers.
The process begins with an appeal request from an official employee of a hospital/baby bank, then we put the specific request out to our (now 64K!) supporters & ensure our wool collection points are fully stocked. After grabbing their wool, our knitters get to work knitting their crafty creations (usually following the suggested patterns we supply). Once knitted, garments are sent directly to the appeal address by the knitters. Once received by the appeals, they then process them (ie wash, sort, share) & finally, hand them over to babies and families who are in need.
And that's our job done! Until the next lot of course!..
So far we have helped thousands of preemies (premature babies) & their parents all across the United Kingdom. We cant wait to keep helping more!
In fact, we've recently been in the news for completing an appeal with record amounts of donations for Cannula mittens. Cannula mittens help protect the babies who have a cannula fitted. You can read more about this on our In The Press page.
This charity, although started on Just Giving, grew substantially through the power of Facebook. Our Facebook page is a place where both sides of the charity go to connect and share; often showing all of the items that have been created, recipients who have benefited from our knits, and overwhelmed parents. So please do give us a follow.
So we ask, if you can knit (or crochet)- get creating, if you can donate- please do, and if you can do neither of those - to simply share our story and help spread the word.
For those who are already a part of our WBP family, keep going you're doing a great job! We truly have grown into a tight-knit community!
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Below are just a couple of examples of who we've been able to help in the past! This project is more than just knitting, it's also about helping to save lives & creating a tight-knit community too! See Our Projects page for more...
This is Eddie with his bonding square aged 19months! It has always been so special to me and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart xx
Our triplets started life in NICU and bonding squares, hats, octopuses magically appeared in their incubators and to be honest in the absolute madness that there was during those early weeks, I never gave any thought to where they came from. Knowing there’s so many amazing people behind this is - it’s seriously inspiring. Couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Wonderful wonderful people xx
Honestly can't say thank you enough to all the lovely people who knit these mitts. That little purple mitt made a HUGE difference. Hiding the cannula away made me a little less distressed and it made it easier to bond with him and give him all the cuddles he needed. But what was best was knowing someone, somewhere, made that little mitt with love for a baby who needed it. It may be a tiny mitt but the impact it made was huge!
So thank you to everyone who knits these. You are awesome 🥰 xxx
GET IN TOUCH
Please note: We can only accept requests from official people working in these places.
If you have an appeal request please click here & fill in the form.
Once we can confirm your appeal is official we will get back to you.
APPEALS ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL REQUEST FOR WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED.
A Special Thank You
We just wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for the overwhelming amount of support you give us on a daily basis. Without you, this project would only be something of a dream & those in need would continue to be without.
No matter how big or how small, every single thing helps us to grow. The general community spirit of the project is astonishing and we are still blown away each day.
If you wish to see some of the stories of those who have benefited from the project, simply head to our projects page.
We hope projects like ours continue to make such a significant difference in the world & continue to bring people together.
We can't wait to see what the future holds for us.
We are truly proud to be a part of this tight-knit community, and we hope you are too!
The Warm Baby Project