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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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KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:34:10

New thread for Billie's Blankets and Little Hugs is here smile thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 17-Jun-13 14:51:34

Afternoon all brew

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

More beautiful Billie's Blankets have arrived recently, and how beautiful they are too thanks

Heartfelt thanks to bluesky and Ali11

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Mon 10-Jun-13 06:34:20


MOSagain Sun 09-Jun-13 16:06:39

just marking spot, ploughing on with the joint effort from 'team peru'. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 06-Jun-13 18:45:41

Posted wool to you today Ali smile

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

A beautiful Billie's Blanket arriving from the very lovely BornToFolk. Absolutely gorgeous, see it on our Facebook page - MNWoollyHugs

Huge thanks to her thanks

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 02-Jun-13 22:54:57

Thanks Ali, I'll sort some out for you. Very much appreciated.

ali11 Sun 02-Jun-13 20:04:23

the other squares you asked me to do are finished and will be posted in the next day or so If you want more please just send me some more wool


RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 01-Jun-13 07:56:04

Oh ali!!

MOSagain Fri 31-May-13 07:25:16

Thanks pistey, glad no rush.

ali11 Thu 30-May-13 20:52:20

hi there just to let you know, girl at post office was not looking cause i got parcel back today. i sent it and it has come back with post office label on wrong side so will pop it back in post with label on right side.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 30-May-13 20:45:56

We are just talking to World Child Cancer about when their trips to Ghana and Bangladesh will be MOS, but it will almost certainly be after the school summer holiday.

MOSagain Wed 29-May-13 18:12:39

hello, me and my new trek buddies are working on a Billie's blanket between us. Just checking when next posting date is likely to be?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-May-13 20:47:53

Just seen this - yes a van load of gin right now would be nice!

Seven bright and beautiful Billie's Blankets arriving today from the very lovely Ruby. Spread them out on my grass and it was like Elmer had arrived grin

Thank you doesn't really seem enough, but can't think of anything bigger! Photos already on Facebook MNWoollyHugs Xx

KnottyLocks Tue 21-May-13 15:38:33

Tis very busy indeed ... Vans for the woolly treasure as well as her gin smile

bluesky Tue 21-May-13 14:32:27

There's so many beautiful new ones on facebook, they must arrive by the van load daily at your house now!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 21-May-13 11:46:06

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

And more from the very lovely bluesky Big and beautiful, two crocheted Billie's Blankets, one in blues, the other in jaffa and citron - beautiful! Thank you so much X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-May-13 14:31:28

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Beautiful Billie's Blankets arriving from the very lovely MHW and the equally lovely Woolfey Photos already on our Facebook page MNWoollyHugs. Heartfelt thanks to them both, just fabulous X

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

KnottyLocks Thu 16-May-13 07:16:31


RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-May-13 16:43:05

From our friends at World Chid Cancer

Hey Woolly Huggers!

Our newsletter is nearly finished to go out later on today - just to let you know you and your amazing blankets are on there for all our supporters to see!

If you'd like to get our newsletter (monthly shot of news, heroes, stories and chances to get involved) let know and he'll add you on to the list.

Thank you!

AnyaKnowIt Tue 14-May-13 19:05:20

Thats lovely, will get them sent by the end of the week!

Thank you thanks

KnottyLocks Tue 14-May-13 18:31:09

No problem, we'll try to settle them down a bit at our end then smile

AnyaKnowIt Tue 14-May-13 18:27:39

I was just going to send them off to RatherBeOnThePiste

KnottyLocks Tue 14-May-13 14:45:53

Anya, are you sewing them or hooking them together?

PurpleFrog Tue 14-May-13 11:56:19

If they are acrylic, definitely don't iron them! Blocking should have sorted them out.

AnyaKnowIt Tue 14-May-13 11:30:20

Its not looking hopeful sad

Would it be worth ironing them?

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