A GROUP of crafters have donated knitted blankets to premature babies at Barnsley Hospital.

The Athersley group Crafty Crafters has knitted bonding squares, traffic light hats and smaller cardigans for children born weighing under five pounds.

This is the latest project that the group has taken on after knitting garments for the Tiny Hearts Appeal in November last year.

Kath Lodge, the founder of the group, said: “We started this knitting group over a year ago to help people in the community keep social. Eventually, we developed such a fantastic team that we could start donating our knits to great causes like the Tiny Hearts Appeal.

“The project was such a success that it escalated into this creating hundreds of knits for the premature babies unit at Barnsley Hospital.”

Sheryll Dixon, the founder of the Penistone Knitting Group, was at the session on September 1 to collect the knits and donate them to Barnsley Hospital on their behalf.

“The donation is extremely kind. Bonding squares are something that people tend to do seasonally, so to get this amount of them is absolutely fantastic,” she said.

“They’ll be going to the hospital and to the charity Emily Star, who make boxes for premature babies born at three to five pounds. These knits will be going in those packages to help with the charity.”

Crafty Crafters meet every Monday from 10.30am to noon at Athersley Cares.