Children with cancer need your help - and you can give it by donating wool for toys

An urgent plea has gone out for people to support a fantastic cause which helps children as they have chemotherapy.

Friday, 8th April 2022, 2:40 pm

And all you have to do to make a difference is give a donation of wool.

The appeal has been made by Jo Owen who founded the Blue Light Babies group.

Its 7,000 members – including a huge contingency from Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Shields - are keen and talented knitters.

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Jo Owen who has appealed for donations of wool to help children with cancer.

They make outfits for little toys which are called Chemo Ducks. These special ducks are given to children who are going through cancer and chemotherapy.

Chemo Ducks have their own IV lines and feeding tubes so that they look like they are going through the same process as the children they are given to, said Jo.

Members of Blue Light Babies play their part by making outfits for the chemo ducks and they make whatever outfit the child chooses. It could be anything from a princess costume to a superhero outfit or an animal to a school uniform.

Jo, who also works at Billingham ambulance station and has been a front line ambulance worker for 14 years, said: “We need double knitting wool and we need it in every colour. If we can get the wool to our members, they can get cracking.”

Jo Owen who is appealing for donations of wool to continue helping a project for children with cancer. Photo: Chris J Parker Photography.

The group has knitted almost 3,000 outfits in the last 3 years and the impression they make is incredible.

Jo said: "If a child is diagnosed with cancer, they are given a duck which has an IV line and a feeding tube because it is a comfort and it trains the child in the experience of the chemo journey.

"We make the outfits from animals to princesses. We had one little boy who wanted his wrestling heroes.

"It makes that little bit of a difference. It calms down a fear that might have been there because a child can see that the duck is all dressed up like a superhero.”

A Chemo Duck sporting one of the outfits.

To make a donation of wool, email [email protected], contact the Blue Light Babies group on Facebook, or write to Blue Light Babies, PO Box 1053, Stockton On Tees, TS19 1XW.

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