Woolly Hugs, Little Hugs 2: Billie's Blankets for World Child Cancer org.

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KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 14:25:46

This is Phase 2 of the Little Hugs project.
Since the beginning, the aim of the Little Hugs has been to provide little blankets that give comfort to babies and small children who are seriously ill in hospital. Hopefully, Phase 2 will continue to do this and more.

We are launching this phase as a tribute to beautiful Billie, our lovely MrsDeVere's daughter, who devastatingly died at 14 from leukaemia. This is the time of her 21st birthday and we are calling the project Billie's Blankets in her memory. In her name, we will send little blankets to children who really need a woolly hug and to feel loved and looked after.

We have been talking to this wonderful organisation World Child Cancer and are arranging for Little Hugs to be sent to children suffering from cancer in low and middle income countries. In these countries their overall chance of survival can be under 10% compared to around 80% in high income countries such as ours.
The first batch of Billie's Blankets will be taken to children in Malawi and Bangladesh.

World Child Cancer's response to our initial idea is below:

'Thank you for your email and your kind offer of support. Your blankets are beautiful and I'm sure they provide great comfort to the children who you make them for.
I'm sure the children would love them. Unfortunately most of the children we see at our projects are not able to survive their cancer due to the poor conditions, lack of knowledge and the high cost of medicine in the worlds poorest countries. In these cases we encourage palliative care for the children through our twinning partners who provide training for local project staff on the importance of this care, especially in pain relief. Psychosocial care is also very important and an area we focus on through supporting parent groups and play therapists. I think your blankets would fit in well with this area.'

How you can help:

By crafting:
You can help by either making a whole Little Hug (see yarn spec)
Or
By making 6" squares, either knitted or crocheted, using Stylecraft Special DK yarn

Or by donating for crafting materials:
If you would like to contribute towards materials, you can either donate via Paypal here on our Woolly Hugs website or if you do not have Paypal, please PM RatherBeOnThePiste.

Or by donating to World Child Cancer (see below)

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For all Little Hugs:

Minimum size: 24 inches by 24 inches
If you would like to make a blanket that is bigger, that would be lovely.
The children are aged 0 to 14 so we will need bigger blankets too.

Colours: Your choice.
Although for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.

Things to avoid:
Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed.

Materials:
Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic yarn.
If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight and make of acrylic yarn. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be washed and dried quickly and easily.

If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can't due to the costs involved, please PM Pistey and we'll try to help with materials.

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Alongside Billie's Blankets, we are very keen to send a donation.
Money is scarce, they really have so little. In May a Woolly Hugs' team will be running the BUPA London 10k, and we have ideas for a craft fundraiser later in the year.
We have set up a Just giving Page here
Your donation is welcome at anytime.

These children need all the love and comfort possible. So please, in memory of a sparkling young girl who always thought of others, we'd love you to help us help them.

As ever, thank you so much for your support thanks

Thinking of Billie and her family. x

Knotty and Pistey

Facebook - MNWoollyHugs
Twitter - @MNWoollyHugs

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 20-Mar-13 07:57:43

Sounds like you may have found help Fizzy smile Thanks GGG X thanks

thanksthanksthanks Woolly treasure has arrived, a beautiful pink crocheted Billie's Blanket with lovely heart detail from the very lovely KateG, a huge thank you to her. Photo already on FB thanksthanksthanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 20-Mar-13 08:45:05

how sad fizzy sad

lovely, lovely blankets!! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 21-Mar-13 09:11:34

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Just beautiful. From our very lovely MrsDeVere, two crocheted Billie's Blankets, with the sweetest little butterflies attached. Bless your heart MrsDV, these are perfect. Thank you Xx

Photos already on Facebook (MNWoollyHugs)

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

GGG, sorry. Missed your post the others day.

I am at the other end of the m8, I can get myself to the Burrell but the rest of Glasgow is alien to me.

At the next meet up I will take you up on your kind offer thanks

GoingGoingGoth Thu 21-Mar-13 15:54:11

Glaitkit nae bother (see I'm picking up the patter grin), look forward to seeing you at the next meet up.

bebejones Fri 22-Mar-13 13:46:52

Piste, what was the other colour you used with the pomegranate called? Is it Camel? Tis lovely btw! smile

KnottyLocks Fri 22-Mar-13 19:21:56

Evening smile

Bebe, the other colour is 'Parchment'. Tis a lovely neutral.

Oops 5 balls of parchment have just been purchased off eBay!

KnottyLocks Fri 22-Mar-13 20:44:12

Funny how that happens grin

It's like magic!

MrsDeVere Fri 22-Mar-13 20:50:53

I am going in..... Pomegranate, Raspberry and Apricot.
They are all fruits so they must go together innit?

You might want pisteys Raybans!

bebejones Fri 22-Mar-13 21:47:28

Aaaah, parchment! Looked darker than the sample pic on Deramores! Tis very nice...might have to purchase for a project that's ticking over in my mind currently! smile

KnottyLocks Fri 22-Mar-13 23:26:31

Buy! Buy! Buy! Bebe!

KnottyLocks Fri 22-Mar-13 23:28:31

Looking forward to MrsDV' fruity little number smile

But buy it from eBay bebe I got 5 balls plus postage for under £10. grin

I am not an enabler, I am not an enabler........

bebejones Sat 23-Mar-13 11:21:32

<checks eBay app> ooooooh woolly stuff.... grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 23-Mar-13 12:56:55

Afternoon all brew

smile

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Just beautiful. A Billie's Blanket arriving from our very lovely Knotty, gorgeous colours, tis absolutely smashing, go see on Facebook (MNWoollyHugs)

A huge thank you to her Xx

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

MOSagain Sun 24-Mar-13 18:18:30

Finally just opened my impulse buy of 10 balls of 'grape'. blush I had thought it might go with the sackload of candyfloss I bought last week but now I'm not so sure hmm

Have one last square to finish tonight for last blanket then on to next. Far better than having to talk to DH wink

KnottyLocks Sun 24-Mar-13 20:25:35

MOS, grape and candyfloss work together. If you have any of the lavender left, that works with both too.

MOSagain Mon 25-Mar-13 11:18:08

really? shock <goes to get eyes tested>
Not much of the lavender left, just enough for one square

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Mar-13 07:14:54

Morning brew smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 27-Mar-13 07:44:15

morning smile all this talk of colours has made me order more wool, you lot are rotten grin

Morning, I'm hiding from MIL. grin <<gritted teeth! Although she has asked me about getting her some wool and needles, so maybe she isn't all that bad hmm

Waiting for my parchment delivery then I can get some neutral squares done to break up the blindingness of the pinks! Then I will learn to hook them together. knotty do you do online training grin?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Mar-13 10:54:27

Yes Fizzy, she does. <voice of frequent experience> grin & [gin]

And Go Ninja!!

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