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Knitted Christmas angels bring cheer

Louise with knitted angels

22 December 2017

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"This small act of kindness will bring a smile to the faces of patients, visitors and staff"

Tiny knitted angels are set to bring festive cheer to staff, patients and visitors at York Hospital this Christmas.

Since October staff at the hospital, knitters in the local community and volunteers with the chaplaincy department have been busy producing over 400 woollen angels which will be hidden around the hospital on Christmas Eve.

Anyone lucky enough to stumble across one of the many multi-coloured angels will be free to take it home. 

Each angel has a prayer tag attached, kindly funded by York Teaching Hospital Charity, which reads, ‘May God richly bless you and all those you love this Christmas and New Year.’

The angels were the idea of Louise Grosberg, Chaplain for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Louise said: “Knitted angels are something I came across in my previous church community and they really blessed so many in the run up to Christmas.

“It’s never easy being in, or visiting, hospital at Christmas so I thought it would be lovely to introduce knitted angels here.

“My hope is that this small act of kindness will bring a smile to the faces of patients, visitors and staff who will be working over the Christmas period - and help foster a real community spirit.”

As Christmas carols are being sung around the wards on Christmas Eve, the angels will appear on wards, corridors and in reception ready for anyone who can spot one.

Looking down a long bright hospital corridor with treatment rooms on the left and windows on the right. At the bottom of the corridor is one member of staff in a blue nursing uniform

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