The Lab Technicians in Bethany’s Science department are supporting Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital by knitting bonding squares, in their spare time, for premature babies.
CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services) posted on their Twitter account that the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was in desperate need of bonding squares, and so technicians Maggy and Alison got out their needles and wool straightaway.
Lab Technician, Alison Enticknap, said: “We thought it was a worthy cause as I am a novice knitter and to my one square Maggy has knitted eleven! Our 12 bonding squares have been dispatched and there are many other causes which require knitted squares to make blankets so we may well continue.”
Bonding squares are designed to help mother and baby strengthen their relationship through smell when they cannot physically touch. They are pairs of five by five inch knitted or crochet squares that need to be machine washable.
Lab Technician and Archivist, Maggy Fillery, has had personal experience with the benefits of bonding squares. She said: “My nephew was born at 28 weeks and weighed less than two pounds. He nearly died twice but is now a healthy 33 year old with children of his own. The nurses and doctors work so hard and I feel we could and should do our bit to help.”
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital thanked Bethany for our generosity and commented that their cupboards were “overflowing” with bonding squares, following an overwhelming response to their request.