Hearts for our hospitals

21 April 2020

During the coronavirus outbreak it’s more difficult for people to say goodbye to loved ones. We’re joining hospitals around the country calling on local crafters to help us to help families to feel closer to their loved ones at this difficult time.

Are you an avid knitter or sewer or do you have skills to brush off? We need your help!

During the coronavirus outbreak it’s more difficult for people to say goodbye to loved ones. We’re joining hospitals around the country calling on local crafters to help us to help families to feel closer to their loved ones at this difficult time. 

If you can help, we’re collecting pairs of knitted, sewn or crocheted hearts the same size and colour. These will be sent from the hospital to a patient’s family following their passing, as they may not have been able to be with them during their time in hospital.

What to do

Here is a guide pattern for knitting. If you are sewing or crocheting, the size should be no bigger than 10x10cm, as this size allows us to easily put them in the post. Please ensure there is at least one pair of hearts in a matching colour and size using clean yarn. The colour is your choice.

When you’re ready to send, seal and tape the hearts in a plastic bag—such as a freezer bag or bin liner—and add a sticker with the date of posting on them before packing in an envelope.

Please send us in your paired hearts to:

Catherine Sands (Head of EPRR)
Hospital Operations Office
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
London
SW10 9NH

Thank you from all us, your support is much appreciated!

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