Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors have become the local co-ordinator for Preemies UK, which supplies hospitals with tiny clothes for premature babies.
Each of the company’s seven branches will collect the knitted items from volunteers and supply materials and patterns to those who want to take part.
Preemies UK is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to keep neonatal intensive care units across the country supplied with ‘tiny togs for tiny tots’. The charity relies on volunteers as the smaller-sized garments are not produced by any major companies.
Douch Family Funeral Directors have pledged to help and are hosting ‘Knit and Natter’ coffee mornings at their Ives and Shand branch in Parkstone, Poole. Items that are donated to the cause are collected by the Douch Family Funeral Directors and are sent to Preemies’ headquarters to be distributed to the hospitals.
Nick Douch, managing director, said: “This is a great cause and our branches are ideally placed to act as a reception point. We will provide materials and patterns, but will gratefully receive any donations of wool, buttons or ribbons that we can pass on to the volunteers.”