Northfield’s Knit and Natter mornings are proving a huge success with local crafters, after a number of shoppers turned up in their droves to socialise and knit for Birmingham’s premature baby charity.

Since February, Northfield Shopping Centre has been welcoming more than thirty avid knitters to its monthly sessions at Costa Coffee in aid of Birmingham Women’s Hospital’s Tiny Babies Big Appeal. “It has been a brilliant three months for Knit and Natter at Northfield and we are absolutely delighted by the positive response from our shoppers,” he said.

At the start of 2017, Northfield Shopping Centre named the hospital its charity of the year after working with them for pamper days and donating the proceeds from the centre’s annual Santa’s Grotto. “When we named Birmingham Women’s Hospital our dedicated charity, we really wanted to do something worthwhile for the mums and babies who use the services, so we came up with the idea of Knit and Natter sessions to provide clothing for the premature babies at the antenatal clinic.

“Since its launch earlier this year, we have been really surprised with how many knitters have been coming along to take part, with many people now making it their regular monthly spot to meet friends and enjoy knitting with like-minded people,” he said. “We are looking forward to continuing these sessions and we look forward to seeing even more crafters coming along to create clothing for Birmingham Women’s Hospital Tiny Babies Big Appeal.”

The hospital’s Fundraising Manager, Eileen Rock, said the interest in the Knit and Natter mornings has been brilliant and they are pleased the introduction of crafting at Costa Coffee has been received so well. “During the first session, we showed people various samples to inform them of appropriate designs and patterns for the premature babies. By the next session everyone had some excellent contributions that we took back to the hospital for the mums to use on their little ones and to go into the weekly knitting sale. Then at the third session we started adding buttons to the garments.

“It has been amazing to see so many people coming to the sessions and we are delighted to see regulars coming back each time and even making friends with the other crafters,” she said. “We can’t thank Northfield Shopping Centre and Costa Coffee enough for their support of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Tiny Babies Big Appeal. We look forward to the next Knit and Natter session on Tuesday, 30 May.”

*Northfield Shopping Centre monthly Knit and Natter mornings will be hosted at Costa Coffee on the last Tuesday of each month between 10am and 11.30am.

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