Talented knitters from the Knit & Natter Club at Hampton Gove Care Home in Peterborough recently visited the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the city hospital to deliver blankets for their newborn babies.

Members of the club make colourful knitted squares which are then joined to make blankets for premature babies. The residents try to teach the staff to join in and knit too.

The Knit & Natter Club meets fortnightly at Hampton Grove on a Saturday morning and everyone is welcome to come along and take part.

Two residents, Barbara, Susan and general manager Krzysztof and a member of the activities team, Lisa, recently visited the NICU ward at the hospital which cares for up to 25 premature new-born babies.

Katie, the manager of the department, showed the residents and staff around the unit, and introduced them to some of the patients and new arrivals.

The residents handed over the blankets for the babies and thanked all the staff for the wonderful job they do.

They also presented the hard-working staff with some goodie bags filled with treats.

Barbara, a resident at Hampton Grove, said: “It’s been great fun knitting all these blankets for the new babies.

"It was wonderful to visit the ward and it really made us feel special that all the staff came to say 'thank you'. I can’t wait for our next community knitting project to start, it gives us a real sense of purpose.”