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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)
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)


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.

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.


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

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MOSagain Fri 18-Jan-13 16:16:52

Is there a maximum number that can run?

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:16:59

Great smile my friend and I will be coming from Norwich, I have just found the bupa registration page, going to get out my debit card to sign up!

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:17:58

Do we need to get in touch with the charity to say we are running for them? If so how would we do that?

BigStickBIWI Fri 18-Jan-13 16:18:20

I can't join you on the run thank goodness for that as I'm away that weekend with DH, but I will knit another square. I'm not sure I have the right wool though - can't remember what Pistey and Knotty foisted upon sent me!

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:19:36

BIWI, you need different wool for this.

I'll find a link, hang about ...............................

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 16:19:51

For anyone wishing to run, Here is the website, We would strongly recommend you sign up soon as we're certain places will go. Let us know when you have signed up though, so we know who is on the team!

This will mean I have to leave 'woolly threads' <nervous>

MegBusset Fri 18-Jan-13 16:20:45

I'll stagger round with 5mad smile I completed C25k last year and now run 2/3x a week so looking for a new challenge!

Will PM for details about registering.

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:20:46

Pistey is setting up a Woolly Hugger Runners thread. Will link it here in a short while.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:22:16

Waves to meg smile

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:23:10


You'll be needing some of this Stylecraft Special DK here

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 16:24:43

5madthings - Sign up for the run on the link above, we have already got a Just Giving page linked directly to World Child Cancer, so would suggest you use that to link to when trying to raise money. Woolly Hugs Just Giving is here

MegBusset Fri 18-Jan-13 16:24:59

So do I just sign up with BUPA as a non charity runner but direct people to the Woolly Hugs Justgiving site?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 18-Jan-13 16:31:15

I would say yes Meg thanks

MNPin2013 Fri 18-Jan-13 16:32:58

Have a hug ready to go and will crack on with several more for Billie's Blankets.

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:33:24

Have signed up and registered, payment gone through... Ha ha ha!

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:34:57

I signed up as a non charity runner and then will use that link for sponsership, thanks piste smile

TigerFeet Fri 18-Jan-13 16:35:33

Do they have to be knitted/crocheted? I can't really do either of those things but could make a fleecy blanket with applique. Is there a deadline?

xx for Mrs De Vere. Thank you for sharing Billie's story and for explaining the difference between what happens in the First World and elsewhere.

MegBusset Fri 18-Jan-13 16:43:31

I've signed up too. I was actually considering it anyway. Now I have a cause to do it for and people to stagger round with!

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:45:15

Tiger, that would be lovely. Thank you. smile

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:46:34

Ha ha dp is going to phsl when I tell him what I have signed up for, but its just what I need and its for a very good cause. The bipa site has a training tips page so I shall go read up, I can was it for the 6inches if snow to go away before running outside tho..,

5madthings Fri 18-Jan-13 16:47:20

Bupa site and can wait for dam auto correct.

NorksAreMessy Fri 18-Jan-13 16:49:51

Thank you for doing this. I can neither run nor knit, but I do know how to use paypal!

MrsDV I often think about your beautiful Billie and even though I never knew her, she touched my heart. This is a wonderful, wonderful tribute.

Nest of vipers, PAH!

GlaikitFizzog Fri 18-Jan-13 16:52:17

I can shake Pom poms, but no running for me. Maybe next year smile

KnottyLocks Fri 18-Jan-13 16:55:49

And you can knit, Fizzy smile

<shakes pompoms >

GlaikitFizzog Fri 18-Jan-13 17:03:25

Of course, I thought that was a given! I am also told I do a good foot massage, so I could be waiting on the finish line with my lemon foot cream smile

MrsDV your posts about Billie always have me in tears, you are such an inspiration. It is an honour to knit in you daughters memory. flowers

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