UK knits more than 60 hats an hour to save children's lives
Save The Children is calling on knitters to make life-saving hats for newborn babies in urgent need of warmth.
In developing countries, it's not unusual for babies to die through the basic need of a few extra layers, and that's where you come in. By sending your baby-sized hats to the chairty, you can help ensure that vulnerable newborns are protected from cold-related conditions like pneumonia, which still kills around 2 million children each year. There's a downloadable knit kit available to help get you started, and join the 12,000 UK knitters who have already got behind the cause.
Leora Hanser, Head of Campaigns and Advocacy at Save the Children said, "The 12,000 hats received so far is a fantastic start to this campaign but we still need many, many more hats. We hope that everyone who knits a hat - which Save the Children promises to deliver to a vulnerable baby - will also fill in an action card telling Gordon Brown why you knitted this hat. With your hats and your help we can push the government to stick to the promise he and other world leaders made to cut child mortality by two thirds by 2015."
The charity wants to get 10 million people taking action for the 10 million children still dying before the age of five by 2010. Let's use our collective talent to see if we can help get that shocking figure even lower.