Tiny hats for tiny babies

04 June 2018

Tiny hats for tiny babies

04 June 2018

One of our dedicated fundraisers, Sam Elliott, has just knitted 39 baby hats for premature babies on the Neonatal Ward at Leeds General Infirmary.

Sam Elliott has worked in our fundraising department for just under a year. Having recently learned how to knit, she saw a post on Facebook asking for hats for premature babies. As we sponsor research at the University of Leeds into the prevention of premature birth, Sam decided to knit her hats for the hospital we work with.

She created 39 hats in all different colours and sizes. It took her a couple of months with each hat taking about 2 hours to complete. Sam said:

“I love raising funds for Cerebra and through this project I was able to help our work in another way”.

38 thoughts on “Tiny hats for tiny babies”

    1. That’s amazing! Keep an eye out for our winter campaign which will be launching very soon. We will be releasing a downloadable pattern as part of that.

    2. Karen Lambert

      Hi looking forward to knitting hats n clothes for Orem babies unfortunately in my area they won’t accept them would you be interested ?

      1. I knit hats cardigans cannula mitts etc. Would you like me to knit for your hospital?I’m 80 years old and it gives me something to do in the evenings. Can’t sit and do nothing!!! Many thanks. Melita.

        1. Hi Melita, that’s very kind of you! You can send any items you knit to the premature baby unit in Leeds, which is here: Great George St, Leeds LS1 3EX. If you have a local hospital with a premature baby unit, they would probably be just as grateful to receive them!

          1. Hi
            Please could you tell me if you would like some crochet baby hats, I don’t knit but would like to donate to you.
            If so which size do you prefer, premature or a bit bigger.
            I also do crochet hearts for end of life patients.
            Could also crochet bonding squares
            Thank you
            Sheila

          2. Hi Sheila, thanks so much for your generous offer. Please feel free to send your crochet hats (whichever size) to:

            FAO Cerebra
            Leeds Institute of Cancer Studies and Pathology
            Level 4
            Wellcome Trust Brenner Building
            St. James’s University Hospital
            Leeds
            LS9 7TF, West Yorkshire, UK

            Thanks so much again!

    3. I love knitting and have premature patterns.Already knitted bootees, hats etc. Do you need any more.Can knit as many as you want.

    1. That’s great! If you wanted to send them to this unit then the address is Great George St, Leeds LS1 3EX. Or you could see if you have a local unit that would benefit from them.

      1. Hi Kathleen, that’s so kind of you! We’re not taking hats at the moment but if you have a local baby unit, I’m sure they would love to receive them.

    1. Hi Mair, we sent the hats that we created to the unit in Leeds. The address of this is Great George St, Leeds LS1 3EX. If you have a premature baby unit locally, you can also donate to them.

  1. I’d like to knit for this project and live near Leeds so could donate to the unit there. What items are currently most needed, please?

    1. Hi Christine, that’s wonderful, thank you! Both hats and blankets are usually popular. If you’re knitting blankets, the perfect measurements are 20 x 25 inches.

  2. Hi Sarah, I have spare knitting wool left from making items for my grand children and would like to use it to make hats and blankets for the Leeds Unit as I am in West Yorkshire. You said ” Keep an eye out for our winter campaign which will be launching very soon. We will be releasing a downloadable pattern as part of that.” in response to another contributor – I can’t find it so …. do I use any pattern or is there a specific one the Unit would prefer?

  3. Gillian Crowther

    Hi, iv started to knit baby prem hats my mum used to knit them for you but sadly passed away so im trying to keep going what my mum loved doing ,can you send me the address please were i can send them, thank you .

    1. Leigh Mulvihill

      Hi Gillian, we’re so sorry for your loss. What a lovely way to honour your mum! We send the premature baby hats to the premature baby unit in Leeds, which is here: Great George St, Leeds LS1 3EX but if you have a local hospital with a premature baby unit they would probably be just as happy to have them.
      Thank you

  4. Hi! I recently moved to Pontefract and found out about this, which I think it’s a lovely cause. I was gifted a tiny hat when my baby girl was born and I loved the gesture, I’m so willing to give the love back. I would love to knit and donate a few hats for premature babies. Would you be interested and are you receive them? ? Thank you!
    Karen C.

    1. Hi Karen, that’s amazing! You can send them in to our office and we can send them up to Leeds or you can check with your local baby unit to see if they are taking donations. Our address is Cerebra, The MacGregor Office Suite, Jolly Tar Lane, Carmarthen, SA31 3LW.

  5. Hi I’ve got a carrier bag full of baby hats (roughly 140) hand knitted by my hubby they vary in size from premie to full term babies, they have all been washed, dried & bagged up ready to hand over. We donated over a 100 last year to Pinderfields & was wondering if they would be any use to you.
    Thank you x

    1. Hi Margaret, that’s amazing! You’re certainly welcome to send them to us – we will then pass them on the the unit up in Leeds. Our address is: Cerebra, The MacGregor Office Suite, Jolly Tar Lane, Carmarthen, SA31 3LW.

      1. Margaret Birks

        Sorry for the delay in replying to your message, i will pack them up over the weekend & post them to you early next week. Xx

        1. Margaret Birks

          Just to update you i’ve sent 2 parcels yesterday (Friday 9th July) they should be with you sometime next week. Margaret Xx

  6. Hi, Do you still want hats for prem babies? Are there any other knitted items you’d like? If so I’d love to donate to your good cause. ?

    1. Hello. Thank you so much for your very kind offer. At the moment we don’t need any more prem baby hats or blankets but I’m sure your local hospital would be very grateful for a supply. It might be worth getting in touch with them to find out what they need. Thank you again for your kindness.

  7. Where can I get pattern tiny hat I have a pattern for premmie baby’s will that be same size also what ply wool thank you

  8. Hi, I have been knitting premature baby hats and larger sizes over the last year or so. I was wondering whether they would be of any use to you. Kind regards
    Susan

    1. Hi Susan, we’re not taking hats at the moment but if you have a local premature baby unit, I’m sure they would be grateful to receive them!

  9. Hi,
    I have been given a some hand made knitted premature baby hats. Our local hospital has declined the hats. Is there a hospital that I can send them to that would benefit from them.
    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Alison, that’s very kind and thanks for letting us know. Let us just check with the neonatal unit in Leeds, to see if they are still taking hats and we’ll come right back to you. Many thanks

    2. Hi Alison, my colleague at St James Hospital in Leeds will gladly receive them and pass them on to the Neonatal unit. Please send to the following and thanks so much again!

      FAO Cerebra
      Leeds Institute of Cancer Studies and Pathology
      Level 4
      Wellcome Trust Brenner Building
      St. James’s University Hospital
      Leeds
      LS9 7TF, West Yorkshire, UK

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