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Thank you, knitters! 

The colourful blankets that all women and girls at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s hospitals are given on their arrival have come to be a symbol of the warmth and comfort of care that women receive at Hamlin.

But did you know that they are nearly all knitted by dedicated knitters from across the UK?

Patients at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

Communities of knitters from Knit and Natter groups, Inner Wheel, the Women’s Institute, Soroptimist Clubs and church groups come together throughout the year to make colourful square blankets, before they become treasured items for patients at Hamlin hospitals which are taken home.

We have been struggling to keep up with the demand for blankets for the last couple of years, but the impact of our recent campaign meant that during our June blanket collection week we received a brilliant 608 blankets!

Hamlin Fistula UK’s CEO Helen collecting blankets from a group of knitters who donated this blanket week.

Collection weeks take place three times a year and this is the highest number of blankets received in a week since September 2021. Thank you to everyone who knitted, we really appreciate your time and dedication.

Our next blanket collection week is 23 – 27 October 2023 and we need more blankets to meet a huge demand from the team in Ethiopia.

Whether you are a knitter yourself, or know someone who is and is looking for a great reason to knit, find out all the details here:

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