Saving mothers and babies in Africa

A colourful display of blankets from SI Bridgend to mothers in Africa

A colourful display of blankets from SI Bridgend to mothers in Africa

Over the past year members of SI Bridgend have been busily knitting and crocheting squares to make baby blankets for the charity ‘Life for African Mothers’, a maternal health charity aiming to make birth safer in sub Saharan Africa.

Members were moved to take action after Angela Gorman, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the charity ‘Life for African Mothers’, spoke at a Club meeting. A total of 65 baby blankets were handed over to Angela at the Club’s AGM . She will be overseeing the safe delivery and distribution of the blankets along with the large quantities of baby clothing generously donated by the people of South Wales.

Angela Gorman accepting the blankets from President Bethan

Angela Gorman accepting the blankets from President Bethan

Angela was delighted to receive so many blankets and urged us to “keep knitting”. She also explained about the “baby bundles” of baby clothing now being given to mothers in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Angela said, “Every time a mother comes to an antenatal appointment at the hospital she receives a bundle of baby clothing in readiness for her new baby. She then receives another bundle when her baby is born. For women who have nothing, this is a huge help. The blankets and clothing also encourage women to come to the hospital to have their babies – so by knitting you truly are saving mothers and babies. Thank you.”