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Wool donations for tiny clothes and a dignified goodbye

Wool donations for tiny clothes and a dignified goodbye

Staff at a funeral home in Worksop are collecting donations of wool for a charity so a network of volunteers can knit clothes for bereaved families who have lost a baby.

Lisa’s Stars was set up by mum-of-two Lisa Davies, initially to provide blankets and hats for premature babies at her local hospital. She had lost five babies and found that the only clothes available in the right size were dolls’ clothes and she soon realised there was a need to extend the service. Lisa’s Stars is now operating nationwide.

Joanna Jackson, funeral arranger at The Co-operative Funeralcare on Gateford Road, became friends with Lisa in 2008 when both were pregnant but Lisa sadly lost her little girl. When the charity was set up Joanna suggested that the Worksop home could accept donations of wool, which will be used to knit booties, coats and hats to send onto hospitals.

Joanna said: “When we have to conduct a baby’s funeral it’s heart-breaking. It’s such a traumatic event, the parents shouldn’t have to worry about what their babies are going to wear.

“Clothing for babies of that size simply isn’t available and often they resort to buying clothes made for dolls. The wool we collect will mean we give the babies and their families some dignity.”

Lisa, from South Wales, sends wool to her area representatives, who then send it onto knitting volunteers across the UK. When the clothing is finished it is sent back to Lisa who sends it on to hospitals.

Joanna Jackson is pictured with some of the baby clothes.

See www.lisasstars.org.uk for further information on the charity.

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