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Meg Knits to save children’s lives

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Heeley MP Meg Munn joined fellow MPs in Parliament to knit baby hats for Save the Children’s latest campaign to save ten million children’s lives. The cross-party knitting session, which coincides with the G8 meeting in Tokyo, gave MPs’ the opportunity to do something tangible to save children’s lives. 

The event is part of the charity’s latest campaign, ‘Knit One, Save One’, which encourages people in the UK to knit life-saving hats for newborns around the world. Save the Children has received over 180,000 hats following pleas from Paul O Grady on his show, after he visited South Africa with the charity. Hats have already been sent to Tibet, Burma and Kenya but more are needed to keep saving babies lives.

A woolly hat can mean the difference between life and death for a newborn baby as they are unable to regulate their own body temperature. It takes just 2 minutes for a wet, newborn baby to lose 2C in body temperature - making them prone to catching one of the big killer diseases, pneumonia. In contrast, it takes just one hour for an MP to make a small bonnet and save a baby’s life. Over 1 million babies don’t survive beyond their first day of life and the charity is keen for more hats to be knitted.

Meg said:

“The large majority of child deaths are preventable and it’s wonderful to know that a simple solution such as knitting a hat can help to save a life.  I hope the fact that such a small action can have an impact will inspire people in Heeley constituency to take part in this campaign and knit a hat for Save the Children.’’

Leora Hanser, Head of Campaigns and Advocacy at Save the Children said:

"The hats we have received so far are a fantastic start to this campaign but we still need many, many more hats.”

A ’knit-kit’ can be found on their website www.savethechildren.org.uk/knitting giving clear instructions to supporters who have never knitted before and information on where to send their life-saving hats. 

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