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Knit for Winter 2015: Supporting First Touch Premature Babies

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Knit for Winter 2015: Supporting First Touch Premature Babies

Last winter saw a “virtual knitting circle” of bloggers create beautiful hats, gloves and scarves for charity to raise awareness of the needless deaths of elderly people as a result of the cold weather every year.

This year we hope to involve even more people with our annual Knit for Winter campaign and we’re delighted to announce that Sunrise Senior Living has partnered with baby charity First Touch to help gift premature babies with knitted hats and blankets.

First Touch supports 600 babies each year at the Neonatal Unit at St George's Hospital, many of which have been born prematurely. Along with the elderly, ‘preemie’ babies are among those most at risk of hypothermia during the winter months.

Their low weight and lack of body fat stops them from being able to maintain their own body temperature, so they need incubators and cosy layers to help keep up their strength.

1 in 13 babies are born prematurely in the UK – that’s around 60,000 every year – and they often stay in hospital for as long as they were meant to have left in their mother’s womb.

This means many of the premature babies born in the next few weeks won’t be home in time for their first Christmas this year.

To help keep premature babies warm and toasty this Christmas, Sunrise Senior Living is once again rolling out the #KnitforWinter campaign.

Over the coming winter months we’ll be working with talented knitting bloggers who will be creating adorable hats and blankets to donate to First Touch babies and encouraging their followers to join in.

We’ve had another fantastic response from our growing community of bloggers for Knit for Winter 2015 and we can’t wait to introduce you to them soon.

If you or your friends and family would like to help keep premature babies warm this winter, please download the knitting patterns below and share your creations with the hashtag #KnitforWinter.

Download knitting patterns
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