Ferring WI knits for hospital to mark centenary

KNITTING needles have been clacking in Ferring to help mark the centenary of the WI.

Ferring WI chairman Toni Rose and member Liz Hunter, left, show West Sussex Federation chairman June Moran the knitted goods
Ferring WI chairman Toni Rose and member Liz Hunter, left, show West Sussex Federation chairman June Moran the knitted goods

Members of Ferring WI have been busy making items for the maternity unit at St Richard’s Hospital and West Sussex Federation chairman June Moran was invited to Wednesday’s meeting to see the results.

Toni Rose, Ferring WI chairman, said around 200 items, including special bonnets for premature babies, bootees and blankets, will be presented at the Chichester hospital tomorrow morning.

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“They are absolutely over the moon about it,” she said. “They really are very appreciative.”

Mrs Moran said she had met the new national craft adviser recently and had promised to send pictures to Denman, the WI’s home of learning and creativity.

“The craft adviser is putting together an album and display of what has happened around the country craft wise for the centenary and I did not want you to miss out,” she told members.

“You have hidden your lights under a bushel. I know a lot of people knit but how many have done this? I think it is absolutely fantastic.”

The knitting idea first came from Ferring member Liz Hunter, who had knitted a few bits as a thank you after her husband was in Worthing Hospital.

She explained: “We had such a nice letter of thank you, I thought we not make 100 items to mark 100 years of the WI. We ended up with double the amount.”

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