How to Help

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Join a local group

You may join a group in your area with a view to donating some garments every year or help with the sewing or knitting of various garments, please contact the Secretary at secretary@qmcg.org.uk and she will let you know where your nearest group is.

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Start running a new group

You might like to start a group amongst your family, friends and work colleagues.

As the organiser of a group you will become a President, and given the opportunity to attend both the AGM and to help prepare items for the annual distribution (called Packing Week) to the charities the Guild supports.

Please contact the Guild Secretary on secretary@qmcg.org.uk for further information about running or joining an existing group.

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Join the Schools Group

We will welcome new Schools into our Schools Group wherever they are located.

To receive a School’s Pack or to have our Schools Representative visit your school, contact the Schools’ Coordinator at schools@qmcg.org.uk

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Donate

Fund raising is an on going process. Donations of money are specifically used to purchase required items of clothing or linen that are sent directly to charities working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

If you wish to donate, and are a UK taxpayer, we are able to reclaim tax on your donation. Download a Gift Aid form.

If you have any new items of clothing or linen that you wish to donate, please contact the Secretary at secretary@qmcg.org.uk and she will let you know how best to get it to us.

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Make

Some of our groups include knitters who make many of the hats, scarves and baby clothes that we donate to charities each year. Please note that all wool should be machine washable and sets of gloves etc should be tacked together.

Items currently very much needed are: warm hats, gloves, scarves and snoods. All preferably in dark or light neutral colours. Please make sure hats covers ears with no tassels or pom poms. Also requested are bed socks, leg warmers for me and women.

Please note that we currently have less demand for knee blankets. If knitting groups love knitting or crocheting squares for knee blankets, could we please ask that they are made up into a size that could be used as a bed throw or blanket instead e.g. 6’ x 4’. These have many uses for families and the homeless.

Children aged 11-15

Hats, gloves and scarves. If you knit a jumper please make sure the neck opening of jumper is large enough to pull over their head comfortably.

Children aged 2 – 10

Hats, gloves, mittens (up to age 5 years) and scarves are most popular. If you knit a jumper please make sure the neck opening of jumper is large enough to pull over their head comfortably.

Babies up to 2 years old

Cardigans (rather than matinee jackets), Jumpers (with large neck opening) hat and mitten sets, baby bootees. Please tack any matching sets together.
Shawls in soft baby colours – 40” x 40” (1m x 1m) approximately
Buggy blankets – 5’ x 4’ / 5’ (150cm x 120 /150cm) to fold and cocoon babies before putting in the buggies.

Premature Babies

We have a requirement for several items for premature babies in the neonatal units in hospitals. The sizes and materials of these items are very specific, as the babies are very small and their skin very delicate.

  • If possible please use 4 ply for the clothing although DK is acceptable for some hospitals
  • Blankets and shawls are fine in DK
  • Patterns should be smooth and soft – no lumps and bumps
  • Hats, mittens and bootees – no ribbons or ties please.
  • V necked cardigans to fit 12”, 14″ and 16” (30cm and 40cm) in 4ply or DK
  • Tiny blankets from A4 (8.5″ to 11″) for very tiny babies, 4ply wool on 4mm needles
  • Blankets – 16” x 32” (40cm x 80cm) or  20” x 22”/25” (50cm x 55/62cm)
  • Blankets – 20″ square (50cm x 50cm)
  • Light blankets, fleeces and quilts – 30” x 30” (75cm x 75cm)
  • Fleeces and quilts – 18” x 18” (45cm x 45cm) very smooth to lie babies on.

For lots of knitting patterns especially designed for premature babies click here: Ray of Hope’s Babywear Patterns

You can print off the Preferred list 2019 and distribute it amongst members of your Group.

Please read and take note of their copyright conditions.

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Thank you so much for whatever contribution you are able to make, it will certainly go to a good home.

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