Premature babies helped by pensioner

Feature - Anita Berry''Pictured: Anita Berry who knits baby clothes for Walsgrave premature babies unit.
Feature - Anita Berry''Pictured: Anita Berry who knits baby clothes for Walsgrave premature babies unit.
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A RUGBY woman is spreading her warmth and kindness to premature babies.

Anita Berry, 72, has been knitting for sick children at Walsgrave’s University Hospital for nearly two years.

She has made 60 items of clothing so far and hand-delivers them to the neo natal ward after catching a bus from Rugby.

Anita, of Holbrook Avenue, said: “I’ve never met any of the children who wear the clothes I’ve made, but I do find it very rewarding to help in this way.”

Anita knits about 15 matinee jackets in different colours for babies in the hospital every three months.

She wanted to help after her friend could no longer knit for the babies due to health reasons.

And she has just received a thank you letter from grateful hospital staff.

“It was lovely getting the letter,” she said.

Anita has been knitting since she was a child, making her first jumper when she was just nine.

Her sister, Di Smith, said: “Anita does a wonderful job and I’m so proud of her.

“She buys her own wool, even bringing it back from holidays abroad, does all the knitting before getting on a bus on her own to Walsgrave to hand them over.”

Di added: “It’s a lovely thing to do.”

And Liz Wall, the manager of the neonatal unit at University Hospital, is delighted with Anita’s help.

She said: “We are very grateful for the work and effort people like Anita put in to knitting blankets, bonnets and hats for the babies.

“The detail of the knitwear is beautiful and helps brighten up the unit so that it has a less clinical feel about it.”

Liz added: “There is a team of people as well as Anita who help keep the unit supplied with knitted items, and on behalf of the neonatal team I would like to express my thanks to all those who help make a difference for parents. I have spoken to many parents of babies on the unit who think the knitwear is wonderful and helps add a personal touch to the unit.”