Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes donates beautiful items to NICU
23rd December 2019
On the 30th March 2002, Vicki Sharman went through something that no mother should ever have to when she lost her daughter, Anastasia Rose.
The burial of a new born is not something anyone can ever be prepared for. Vicki said; “We dressed her in a white baby grow, and wrapped her in her older sister’s shawl - one of the first items I’d bought as an expecting mother, and something that we wanted to pass down to Anastasia. It was really important to us that she was buried in something personal. I would have loved to have dressed her in something made especially for her, but at the time, options like this weren’t available - and even if they had been, conversations weren’t being made.”
In May 2018, a couple of months after Anastasia’s 16th birthday, Vicki created Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes, a Facebook group dedicated to Anastasia and all other babies who were born too soon and sleeping. Unsure of how much support that she would receive, Vicki hoped to create a space where people who had suffered through similar situations could come together through a love of knitting and crocheting. Together, the group makes and sends blankets, cardigans, bonding squares and many other handmade items to hospitals across the UK so that new born and premature babies can stay warm and comfortable during their time in hospital. They also make burial gowns and ‘Angel Packs’ that are handmade from wedding dresses that have been generously donated to Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes. “Every gown is unique so when grieving parents are faced with the hardest decisions of their lives, they’re given a choice.” said Vicki.
Vicki and everyone else at Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes very generously donated a variety of items to the Neonatal Intensive Care United at Hull Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Hull Royal Infirmary. These items will make a difference to all the children and parents cared for on the unit.
Vicki said; “Nearly a year on, and we’re 1200 member’s strong and counting! Everyone has been incredibly supportive, sending in their creations and donating to our JustGiving page to cover the expenses of postage. Founding Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes has been so fulfilling, and has helped immensely with my own grief, and I can’t put into words how grateful I am for everyone’s love and support. Baby loss is a very sad reality, but by supporting hospitals and families, we’re starting those conversations and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.”
If you want to find out more about the amazing work that Vicki does or to donate towards the cost of postage, you can visit her JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tinyfingerstinytoesuk?utm_term=3qVgmqW6R