26 February 2016

Students from Buckinghamshire New University have been putting their skills to good use for Student Volunteering Week by knitting blankets for the neonatal unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. A team of student volunteers belonging to the Red Shed Society, run by Textiles and Surface Design students, held a 24 hour knit-athon to produce blankets in blue, pink and purple. The blankets were made using cotton and polyester yarns and were individually gift-wrapped and donated to the unit, which provides specialist care to vulnerable babies.

Polly Redfern, who is in her third-year at Bucks New University, said: "The Red Shed Society is a team of students currently fundraising so that we can display work at trade shows. As part of our fundraising, we chose to organise and run a 24 hour knit-athon where we knitted blankets for the neonatal ward as we wanted to give something back to the community."

3rd year Textiles and Surface Design students. Polly Redfern and Olivia Shykles

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