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

Hassled Fri 18-Jan-13 17:05:16

Like Norks I can't run and I can't knit, but am very happy to have the oppportunity to do something to contribute to such a fantastic cause - the best of luck with this.

Count me in for knitting a square - I've got some acrylic dk knocking about.

Hassled Fri 18-Jan-13 18:19:09

smile

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 18:22:52

I was just coming to bump this. Am signed up for the run and gave shared the just giving page on Fb. Anyone who wants to find me on fb can pm me and I will give my name smile

HairyPotter Fri 18-Jan-13 18:31:59

Glaikit, a wee weekend in London shaking pompoms a west end show and cocktails? sounds like a plan grin

I'm in hairy!!

HairyPotter Fri 18-Jan-13 18:59:49

We could knit on the train on the way down as well. That would really be in the spirit of the cause. And take a wee picnic and wine

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 19:05:27

Can you save some wine for us all at the end? grin

Water first! Then I might share my wine!

You do realise you will have to wear something knitted while you run!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 19:07:35

sad It would seem to run has filled up, we are just seeing if World Child Cancer can get us any more charity places, but I imagine it will be Monday before we hear.
We need more!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 19:29:27

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Lovely folk to thank tonight, two donors who will enable us to send more Billie's Blankets to children who really need a hug, than otherwise would have been the case, bless you for that thanksthanks

thanks NorksAreMessy

thanks Woolfey

You are both stars, thank you thanksthanksthanks

Wolfcub Fri 18-Jan-13 19:57:10

Happy to craft for Billie, no running for me though x

Birnamwood Fri 18-Jan-13 20:01:48

Just a thought....the London British 10k is about 4weeks later, virtually the same course etc, perhaps we could have a two pronged attack if there are no spaces left for the bupa one?

Running? <shudders> Will start once my Angel Hug is finished

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 20:08:07

<girds loins>

I would be up for running in the second one, if anyone else will?

<wonders how you gird your loins>

Do you use girders?

blush

I do think you should run wearing some of the totally fab knitted knorks smile

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 20:24:52

Just a warning. The entry fee for the British 10k is astronomical this year £50!
I think it was around half that last year.

Birnamwood Fri 18-Jan-13 20:40:17

MrsDV shock shock

MrsDeVere Fri 18-Jan-13 20:45:43

I know!

But there are lots of 5ks around. Perhaps some MNers would like to give them a go? 10k does seem very daunting (although I swear it was not that bad).

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 18-Jan-13 20:47:38

Deramores has 15% off stylecraft special Dk and all over Dk wool with DC15.

I do run but I won't be joining you in London I'm afraid, every time I enter an event I get injured, ill or lose my nerve so I've sworn off entering any runsblush

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 20:55:00

Wow it has filled up already, glad I signed up asap then! Doing other runs is a great idea and more people may feel up to doing a 5k run?

Do we know how many mnetters are signed up for the bupa run?

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 21:12:17

5K sounds much more manageable <relief>

Can't help with knitting or running am equally useless at both but have donated on the justgiving site and am happy to send wool or donate via woolly hugs for some to be sent to a crafty person. What's better for you ladies?

A wonderful cause - inspired by a wonderful girl xx

Portofino Fri 18-Jan-13 21:42:26

I have ordered wool!

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