A Birmingham shopping centre is encouraging the people of Northfield to get knitting next week, as they team up with a new coffee shop to launch its very own Knit and Natter mornings, in aid of a premature baby charity.

Northfield Shopping Centre, who recently announced the Tiny Babies Big Appeal as its charity of the year, has teamed up with its new addition, Costa Coffee, to host Knit and Natter meetings, to help to provide knitwear for newborns at the charity funded antenatal clinic at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

The monthly craft groups will be held at Costa Coffee between 10am and 11.30am on the last Tuesday of each month and shoppers will be able to go along to the first meeting on Tuesday, 28 February.

Adam Meade, Northfield Shopping Centre manager, said he is delighted to be launching an official group to represent and help support the centre’s charity of the year. “With the Tiny Babies Big Appeal being our dedicated charity, we wanted to create an activity that would be worthwhile to the babies being born at Birmingham Women’s Hospital,” he said.

“At the monthly Knit and Natter mornings, we are inviting shoppers to come along, whether they have never knitted before or they are avid crafters, to help produce clothing including hats, jumpers and booties for premature babies,” he added.

“We can’t thank Costa Coffee enough for helping the centre and Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust to run these sessions and they will also be giving knitters their first drinks for free,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming Northfield’s knitters to the centre and we can’t wait to see lots of knitwear for the babies.”

Eileen Rock, Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, said the team at the Tiny Babies Big Appeal are thrilled to be involved in the Knit and Natter sessions. “Knitwear is something we are always in need of at Birmingham Women’s Hospital,” she said. “We have many new mums and their babies coming into the unit on a daily basis, so it is important for us to provide comfortable and warm clothing for the newborns.

“Currently volunteers for the Tiny Babies Big Appeal knit items to sell on our regular stalls, where parents, family members and friends buy clothing for the babies. That money is then donated back to the Tiny Babies Big Appeal to help with the running of the antenatal unit.

“We would like to thank Northfield Shopping Centre and Costa Coffee for dedicating their time to organising the Knit and Natter mornings and we look forward to seeing everybody enjoying knitting for charity.”

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