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700 hats are just heavenly

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 12, 2013

From left, Fiona Ford, Suzanne Sheldon, Jean Lloyd and Margaret Procter.

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MORE than 700 hats have been donated since a campaign by local women began.

The ‘Hats from Heaven’ campaign which is run by several members of the Rudyard & District Women's Institute began last summer.

The hats are made by local people with a "sent by angels and made with love" ethos and then donated for the use of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The charity effort was the brainchild of Jean Lloyd who is a member of the WI.

She said: "Everyone is asking for money these days to help charities, but I thought it would be a nice idea to ask people to knit hats with love instead.

"When the cancer patient receives their hat they know that someone out there is thinking of them and wishing them well.

“The idea is that they are 'hats from heaven' as they have been knitted by angels."

So far, 700 hats have been made and have been shared between patients undergoing chemotherapy at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Christies Hospital and also the children's wards.

Fellow Hats From Heaven producer, Suzanne Sheldon, said: "Patients have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have taken the time to knit hats for them.

"There are some very talented individuals who have sent us hats for ladies, men and children that they have made. Some have even sent hats in pretty pastel colours, and head scarves, suitable for use over the summer months.

"As the year is progressing we are making another appeal for hats that can be donated to patients as we are entering the autumn and winter months.

"We will be taking them to the hospitals on an ongoing basis so it's never too late to support this worthy cause. We can arrange to collect the hats from a convenient point and would be extremely grateful for any help."

For any further information about Hats From Heaven contact Suzanne Sheldon on 01538 360050, 07518 074185 or suzsheldon@btinternet.com.

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