NESCol students overwhelmed by nationwide success of appeal

A group of Level 4 Health and Social Care students at North East Scotland College have been overwhelmed by the level of support they have received from across the UK after they put out an appeal in February for volunteers to help with a college project.  They initially asked people to donate wool and knitting needles before seeking volunteers to knit blankets, hats and cardigans for stillborn babies in the Rubislaw Ward at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.

The group of students with some of the donations.
The group are pictured with some of the items that have been donated so far.

The group of six students came up with the idea for their project, Knitting for Sleeping Babies, as part of an Enterprise Unit on their course.  In order to get it off the ground, the group started a Facebook group to appeal for donations of knitting needles and wool.  The idea took off quickly and within a couple of weeks the group managed to fill six bin liners with donated wool in a rainbow of colours.  The next stage of their campaign was to recruit knitters to help make the items.  Lecturer Ellen Pawlowicz, “This is where the project really took off.  The group’s page was shared by the College’s main Facebook page and hundreds of people got in touch offering to help out.  Many of them were happy to use their own wool and pay for the items to be posted to the College.”  

To date, the group’s Facebook page has over 550 members and the post on the College’s page has been viewed by tens of thousands of people.  Ellen continued, “We are amazed at the response – thousands of items have already been received from as far afield as the south of England and Shetland.  We are so grateful to everyone who has supported the students.  The group are now sorting through the donations and there will be enough to support a number of wards at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. We will be visiting the hospital to drop the items off at the start of May.”