KNITTERS are needed to make warm woollies for premature African babies.
Hope Lions Club is calling for residents to knit vests, hats and booties for tiny newborns at the Mowbray Maternity Hospital, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Joyce Andrew, welfare officer for Hope Lions, is co-ordinating the knitting scheme.
She says the garments are life-saving and they need as many as possible because of the shortage of incubators and the problems caused by severe hospital infections.
The Mowbray Maternity Hospital is regarded as a model for maternal and neo-natal care in developing countries and has the highest premature baby survival rate in Africa.
The hospital relies on the goodwill of people who knit warm clothing to help babies survive.
'We have knitted 30 garments so far and it would be nice if we could get more people from the community involved,' said Joyce.
'Residents can drop their knitting off on a Thursday between noon and 3.30pm at Hope Church Hall and I will be leaving spare knitting needles and baby wool in the drop-in box for people to borrow.
'I would like to thank all the ladies who have been involved so far. We couldn't do this without them.'
For more information contact Joyce Andrew on 01978 761391.