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Sunday 18 November 2018

Men's group makes second donation to Neonatal charity

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At the handing over of crocheted baby blankets, hats and octopus toys to the Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA) from the knitting and sewing group at Ozanam House (from left): Cheryl Bates of the INHA, Alison Kavanagh (tutor), John Paul Byrne and Gordon Power, manager, Ozanam House
At the handing over of crocheted baby blankets, hats and octopus toys to the Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA) from the knitting and sewing group at Ozanam House (from left): Cheryl Bates of the INHA, Alison Kavanagh (tutor), John Paul Byrne and Gordon Power, manager, Ozanam House

Anna Hayes

A selection of crocheted baby blankets, hats and octopus toys, created as part of a project in Ozanam House Hostel, was recently donated to the Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA).

Alison Kavanagh has run a knitting and sewing group in the centre since July 2016 and the project came about following discussion at those initial get-togethers.

The INHA, she said, was the perfect charity to support as all of the items could be completed in one session as, she pointed out, different men attended at different times of the year.

This is the second donation the group has made to the INHA which supports families and infants affected by preterm birth and advocates for increased awareness, facilities and care. The items will be redistributed by the INHA as they see fit.

Alison said the men taking part in the project had really enjoyed the process.

She added that, at one point, she had more sewers than crochet enthusiasts and they subsequently received a lot of crochet squares from members of the public that could be sewn into blankets by the men.

Alison expressed her thanks to all those who had taken part in the project, saying she was looking forward to continuing it in the coming weeks and months.

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