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Craft Care for the Community

Premature babies in Frankston Hospital’s Special Care Nursery will be warm and snug this Winter, thanks to the ladies of the Frankston Country Women’s Association (CWA) Wednesday Craft Group.

The craft group recently presented 191 ‘premmie beanies’ to the nursery as well as 164 calico dolls to be used in Radiology and the Paediatric Departments.

Manager of Radiology Bert Thorbecke explained, “These dolls can be drawn on to explain procedures to our youngest patients, who can then take the dolls home as a gift.”

Children attending the Emergency Department at Frankston will also be comforted by the donation of 112 knitted toys, while many cancer patients will appreciate knitted goods donated to the Oncology Unit.

Bev Brown, CWA Craft Leader said the ladies only meet twice a month and started knitting for their regular donation at the start of the year.

“In April we heard from the Emergency Department that their supply of our teddies was low, so we increased our efforts to make more.”

Last year the group donated around 900 handmade items including blankets and bed socks to Frankston Hospital, cancer treatment centres and various nursing homes.

“We hope these gifts bring cheer and comfort to the children, and support and care to members of the community,” Bev added.

Frankston CWA has been supporting residents of Frankston and surrounds for 79 years.