When Emma Sutton put a callout on social media asking strangers to knit and crochet blankets for the NHS hospice that was caring for her mum, she didn’t think there’d be much of a response.
But her posts were shared tens of thousands of times and after coverage of her story on HuffPost: HumanKind, the hospice has now received more than 100 hand-knitted shawls and blankets to keep patients warm through the winter.
Jackie Hooton, ward manager at The Meadows, said they have been inundated with parcels from around the world and that “it’s like Christmas every day”.
Sutton’s mum Maralyn Westwood was admitted to hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester after suffering a stroke in summer 2018, and was transferred to The Meadows on 21 December, where she died nine days later.
During her mum’s short stay at the hospice, Sutton was not only touched by the kindness of the staff, but also the details that made her time “a little easier to bear”, such as a floral duvet instead of white hospital sheets.
As a way to say thank you – and give other patients the same home comforts – Sutton a poster on the ward asking knitters and crocheters to make colourful blankets to a Facebook crochet group, just a couple of days before her 81-year-old mother died.
Six people immediately volunteered to help, so Sutton decided to put it on Twitter too. “I thought I might double the number,” she told HuffPost UK.
“I truly only expected tens of people to help – and mostly my friends, rather than random strangers from around the world.”
Last week, Sutton returned to the hospice…