KNITTERS in Hampshire have made so many items for babies in neonatal at hospitals in the area that the hospital trust has said they no longer need any more.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took to Facebook to thank all who had donated items, and let people know how they can help from now on.

The post read: "Thank you to everyone who has donated items for either of our neonatal units – the response has being amazing.

"Sadly we are no longer able to accept knitted hats, blankets or cardigans, as we don’t need anymore at present.

"The only knitted items we require are cannula mittens, which are simple socks measuring approx. 15cm in length by 6cm in width."

At the beginning of the year, maternity teams launched an appeal, asking knitters to create special red hats for babies who might need a little bit of additional support in their first few days.

The red hats were given to babies who required closer observation than usual, perhaps because they have a complication like a respiratory condition, jaundice or low blood glucose levels. The bright colour reminds staff to keep a close eye on those babies, to help reduce neonatal unit admissions.