Hats off to knitting legend Margaret who knits hundreds of blankets and clothes for poorly and premature babies

Margaret Jenkins with another batch of knitted cardigans, hats and blankets for new borns at Kings Mill Hospital, with from left, staff nurse Sophie Reddington, deputy sister Sandra Cooper and sister Sue Selby.
Margaret Jenkins with another batch of knitted cardigans, hats and blankets for new borns at Kings Mill Hospital, with from left, staff nurse Sophie Reddington, deputy sister Sandra Cooper and sister Sue Selby.

Neonatal nurses have paid tribute to a Bilsthorpe mum who has spent years knitting blankets and clothes for poorly and premature babies

Margaret Jenkins has knitted thousands of coats blankets and hats over the years for the maternity department at King’s Mill Hospital.

Each year Margaret, 71 of Mickledale Close, puts her passion for purling into practice, making 150 coats and hats and 50 blankets for the unit.

Mrs Jenkins said: “I’ve been doing this for about 20 years now and I really enjoy it.

“I have been knitting all my life. I buy all the wool and in November I take them all in.

“I make them special Christmas ones in red and white.

“It all started when I knitted teddy bears. I had to stop bringing them in but I have continued knitting for the unit ever since.”

Modest Margaret visited the ward where she was thanked by grateful nurses.

Sophie Reddington, staff nurse, explained the value of Margaret’s contribution: “We keep them all here on the units.

“When babies are premature they lose a lot of heat.

“When they are transferred into cots the clothes help them maintain their temperature in transitional care.

“A lot of people bring baby clothes in but not in bulk like Margaret does. I think it is wonderful - we are very grateful.”

Ward Sister Sue Selby added; “ Margaret puts her heart and soul into it and that is so much appreciated by the unit and parents as well.”

Hhr husband Harry, 80 said: “Margaret has worked hard all these years ad over they years we have even had babies named after us.

Margaret has taken up her trusty needles for other good causes in the community of Bilsthorpe.

As a member of Bilsthorpe Heritage Society and knits hedgehogs and teddy bears to help with fundraising.

She recently became a Bilsthorpe Parish councillor and has been an active in the community for many years.

Mrs Jenkins was assistant cub scout leader at Barloo, Bilsthorpe, treasurer for the Women’s Institute and is former school governor at Rufford Comprehensive School.

Margaret was also a St Johns nurse and was secretary for St Johns Fellowship up to February this year.