Woman knits ‘angel’ cribs for stillborn babies

Date published: 27 February 2018

A woman has begun knitting ‘angel’ cribs for stillborn babies.

Carolyn Whittaker, 54, who was born in Rochdale, attends a weekly knit and natter group, where she was shown the cribs for stillborn babies by a midwife at Royal Oldham Hospital.

Carolyn, who lives in Walsden, attends the knit and natter group in Todmorden who have knitted  additional cribs, which are created using oval or rectangle one or two litre ice-cream tubs.

The project will be ongoing, donating the cribs to Carolyn’s two closest hospitals which deliver babies, Royal Oldham and Halifax. To date, she has knitted 14 cribs and the group an additional seven.

The tubs have been donated from residents in Littleborough and Todmorden, and are lined with white towels, donated from Clelands Curtains in Smithybridge. A friend of Carolyn’s donates wool on a regular basis for the cribs, and another friend has donated small decorative flowers that can be sewn onto the angel cots.  

Her daughter, Amy Whittaker – Winfield said: “Carolyn would personally like to thank everyone for the lovely donation. She hopes the cribs will bring some comfort to parents at such a sad time.”

Carolyn has previously arranged charity days, including a recent pink day at knit and natter, and a poppy river in October/November.

All tubs and wool donated can be dropped off at Andrew Kelly Estate Agent in Littleborough.

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