“Part of our job is to make a positive memory, especially for those whose children who sadly do not live.”
Sharon Greenwood joined Frodsham WI in Cheshire because she wanted to meet other women who liked what she liked; baking, cooking, sewing and shopping. She hoped she would learn new skills and be part of an organisation which had a similar “can do” attitude to life which she had.
Now eighteen months on Sharon, who has a husband and family and various pets, has put some of her new skills to a very special
Sharon is a sister on the paediatric intensive care unit at Alderhey, the famous Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. She has worked there since she started her training in 1998 aged nineteen, and she has been on ICU for 23 years. The unit now has 45 beds, both intensive care and high dependency. It treats all children from birth to sixteen. Sharon speciality is cardiac, and the hospital performs
So what was Sharon’s problem?
Last year Alderhey moved to a brand new, purpose designed bright, modern building, where everything is centred around the child and their family.
As Sharon says, “The sheets are not essential, but they make all the difference to our families. It makes the unit more homely and less daunting. It can make the child look less sick and help with the obvious anxiety of the parents. A child covered in tubes and wires lying on a white sheet somehow how looks worse. Part of our job is to make a positive memory for those families, especially for those whose children who sadly do not live.”
The unit uses 4 to 6 sheets a day for every child, so with a unit that
Sharon knew how much the families appreciated the touch of having children’s sheets and blankets, and sometimes they wrap them up in one of them to take them home.
So Sharon decided to put a little local appeal out on the Frodsham and Helsby facebook community pages, asking for cotton sheets made from
Sharon said, “The reaction to the appeal has been phenomenal. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people. I have responses from not just local people, but all over the country and abroad too. From one appeal it spread like
All sorts of people have responded; local charities;
Sharon’s own Frodsham WI is now busy making sheets and knitting blankets. So if you would like to contribute please get knitting or sewing. The unit needs coloured patterned sheets 40