This is a beautiful project making cuddly friends to give to Chernobyl children in Belarus.
It is run through the charity called Friends of Chernobyl Children who as well as bringing children over, we sent blankets to the group in Peterborough this year, work with families in remote areas in Belarus experiencing extreme poverty in very challenging conditions.
Yes, we know we are starting this in June! But we know how much time and energy these things take.
Can you help us?
We are looking for homemade cuddly friends to go and give huge hugs to children this Christmas time.
Knit, crochet, sewn all very welcome indeed.
Teddies, rabbits, people, this bit is up to you!
Avoid white and very pale colours for practical reasons.
Size wise – approx 20 – 30cm, not much bigger please for transportation purposes.
We don’t know exactly the ages of the children who will receive them, so please avoid buttons and trimmings that might be dangerous for little ones. Think safety!
These are for boys and girls, neutral is good, but we would love some aimed at each too.
Our Christmas Hugs will be given to the children around the time of the Orthodox Christmas Day in Belarus, which is January 7th 2018
Last posting to be Saturday 28th October 2017 to the South coast address please! Message if you need it x
This began as an urgent appeal in the aftermath of the bombing at the Ariane Grande concert in Manchester. We had to do something and after speaking with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital about sending Little Hug blankets to children and families there which they have said they would love we decided to make and send joint Little Hug blankets These were also to be offered where any of the Woolly Hugs crew knew families affected by the bombing. So far we have sent four of these, and three large bagfuls to RMCH.
We’d love to continue, so please, we need 12 inch ideally or 6 inch squares in Stylecraft Special DK, in the palette below which we are calling Love and Light.
Having spoken to RMCH, they would love to continue receiving blankets from us, so this becomes an Ongoing project and we would love to receive squares at any time. We will send blankets to Manchester along with our other two in our Little Hug project – Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle and the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, We will add in smaller Little Hugs for Manchester too.
2020. Very much an ongoing project, collection dates to aim for are at the bottom of the Home page. Thank you x
Love and Light palette
Simple or complex, made by beginner or expert, we genuinely welcome them all. It really is the love and thought that counts.
Please message us if you would like to donate funds or yarn to this project or if we can help you further.
Hopefully lots of photos to come as the children receive their blankets, the first goes today to the six children visiting the Isle of Wight! Next will be to Portsmouth at the end of May. Love, love, love this stage!
So our Chernobyl project collection for the Isle of Wight groupis ready to go this morning, May 17th! Love in every stitch for the children who will receive these blankets. We hope they enjoy a fabulous and health boosting holiday. Thanks again everyone. xxx
Our Little Hug project supports children of all ages from birth to teens and their families at The Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle and for teenagers in ICU at Great Ormond Street and the Teen Cancer ward at the Royal Marsden and those transferred on to St George’s, Tooting.
2023. Still an ongoing project, collection dates to aim for are at the bottom of the Home page.
Always remembering Merryn and Aillidh, our inspiration.
Crafting guide for Little Hugs
Minimum Size : 18 inches by 18 inches, for example that is a 3×3 6 inch squares with a small edge. NB If making for a teen in GOSH/MARSDEN, minimum size to be 48 inches by 60 inches, ie single bed sized.
Colours : Your choice! Just go cheery! Avoids browns etc. We’d like to be able to provide a range of Little Hugs suitable for boys and girls. If you’d like to make something specifically for a boy or girl that would also be lovely.
Things to avoid: Buttons, sequins and beads, and embellishments that could scratch the skin or be swallowed. If using appliqué it needs to be firmly stitched on with no hard edges.
Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a non scratchy acrylic that is very reasonable approx £2 a ball. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it HAS TO BE machine washable.
Blankets could be made from squares stitched or hooked together. Granny stripes or ripples. They could be made in one piece or in blocks as well as squares.
For fabric quilts and stitched Blankets : Pure cotton and good quality fleece. The cotton can be used from recycled sources. We suggest you wash both separately before sewing to allow for any difference in shrinkage.
Ideas: Traditional style quilts, from simple designs to more complex patterns. Cotton edge fleeces with or without appliqué.Quilt and fleece combination:quilt front, fleece back
If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can’t due to the costs involved, please message us and we will try to help you with materials.
Our Little Hugs go to some of the sickest babies and children in the UK. At Great Ormond Street, they may also form part of palliative care for teenagers in their ICU.
Thank you so much everyone, we know how much these mean to parents going through incredibly challenging and worrying times.
How it all began
When we offered a blanket to Greengoose after her beautiful daughter Merryn passed away, she told us how Merryn had been given a small handmade blanket whist she was in hospital. As Greengoose said,
“Merryn’s little square meant and still means so much to us, and so many families end up in hospital early or unexpectedly and have nothing of their own ready or with them, and even if they do, just to know you are thought about means so much.”
We loved this idea and with Merryn’s blanket in mind, and knowing how Expat’s darling daughter Aillidh had so much comfort from a blanket handmade by a group of wonderful friends, we wondered if we could do something more to help.We contacted a few hospitals and very early on developed a lovely relationship with Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow where Aillidh was treated. We began making little blankets and quilts for very poorly children in their care, and this soon expanded to helping children at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle too.