Woolly Hugs is a friendly, busy online community making special blankets, and is run entirely on a voluntary basis. It is hoped that through our work, babies, children and their families will feel support, comfort and the sense of being loved and looked after.
Our ongoing projects are linked to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow and the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle (comforting Little Hugs for babies and children and also Angel Teds for bereaved families in PICU) and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, (Angel Hugs for babies lost and their bereaved families). As well as these UK based projects we support children in developing and low income countries with World Child Cancer through our Billie’s Blanket project and are making and sending blankets and warm clothing to refugees in Kurdistan, Lesvos and through the Red Cross to refugees in the UK.
In addition we have projects such as our blankets for children affected by Chernobyl, yarn bombing with Children’s Hospice South West and knitted/crocheted breasts for breastfeeding units in the UK. We also run Craft Sales to raise much needed funds for other charities, such as WAY (Widowed and Young) Together for Short Lives, MIND, Winston’s Wish, CarersUK and the Honeypot Children’s Charity for young carers.
We are always very happy to hear from folk who would like to join us: all are welcome, donors and crafters alike. Knitters and crocheters, beginner or experienced, we’d love to have you on board. We also warmly welcome those who sew, little fabric quilts are fabulous and work beautifully well in our projects. Our donors of funds or resources mean so much to us too. Our aim is to be inclusive, so everyone can join us if they would like, and some folk just wouldn't be able to afford to without the support of our donors.
Woolly Hugs has its roots in blanket projects for bereaved families.These are still such an important part of what we do and run alongside our ongoing projects. But we wanted to do more to help support more families, so we have been developing ever since.
Our fabulous volunteers are mainly based in the UK, but we do have a band of International Blanketeers on board too. No matter where in the world you are, you are welcome.
Love in every stitch we always say, and it is true. All of our projects are described in full on our website www.woollyhugs.com and we have a busy social media presence too, we are Woolly Hugs on Facebook and @Woolly_Hugs on Twitter.