Tentacle-tastic donations for the Neonatal Unit

Mrs Harryman’s great grandson Elliot shows off his great granny’s cute creations.

Premature babies at Ayrshire Maternity Unit’s Neonatal Unit (NNU) are benefitting from a thoughtful and creative donation from a local woman.

Mrs Georgina Harryman, 82, from Cumnock, crocheted 19 little octopuses and gifted them to the NNU after hearing that they can be used to comfort babies who are born premature. Research has shown that the crocheted tentacles remind babies of their umbilical cords and being inside their mother's womb, which in turn helps them feel safe.

Georgina said: “After hearing from my daughter in Bournemouth that crocheted octopuses were being used by the Neonatal Unit in Poole I decided to make some and send them down. I then checked if they were being used in Ayrshire and when I heard they were I was determined to send some in to help local premature babies. My daughters and grand-daughter kindly provided the wool so it’s really been a family affair.”

Caroline Blake, Clinical Midwife Manager Neonatal Services, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Harryman and her family for this wonderful donation. The little crocheted octopuses are so cute and are already being put to great use comforting our little ones.”

The crocheted octopuses.