Knit a square to show you care. Become a Blanketeer and make a difference to End of Life patients

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A new group has been set up to serve the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, to help comfort end of life patients.


The ‘Blanketeers’ group has been set up to make colourful blankets that will be given to patients to help comfort them through their last days and which can then be given to their loved ones to take home and cherish.

The blankets help to…

  • It brightens up the ward and patients’ environment
  • It is a comfort and keepsake for families
  • Helps identify to professionals on the wards, those patients who are receiving end of life care

The group is open to absolutely everyone of any knitting or crocheting ability and you can just turn up to drop off your creations and collect more wool or stay for the hour.

It is a great place to meet new people, have a chat, gain support and make a difference to those who need it most.

The Blanketeers team would like:

  • Donations of wool, knitting needles and crochet hooks
  • For you to knit or crochet blankets (see details below) and leave at the monthly Blanketeers group or with the main Voluntary Services reception. (Each blanket must be given a gentle wash)

They meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month (starting from 12th June 2019), 2-3pm in the Chaplaincy Room, West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QZ

For more information, please contact the palliative team on 01284 713776 or email wsh-tr.palliativecare@nhs.net

Blanket Details:

  • Size of blanket: approx.48 inches x 48 inches/122cms x 122cm
  • Yarn: double knit: 8 or 9 (4 or 4.5mm) knitting needles or 4.00 crochet hook or chunky – 5 or 6 knitting needles or 4.50 crochet hook or 3 or 4 ply – wind 2 /3 strands together and treat as double knit
  • Size of squares – 40 stitches (easier to make in strips or squares
  • Garter stitch keeps shape better