Twin Hearts Project brings families together

Twin Hearts Project brings families together

Knitted hearts

Families unable to visit their loved ones in hospital are being given handmade knitted hearts to help them feel connected while visiting restrictions are in place at their local hospitals.

The Twin Hearts Project provides every patient admitted to Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals with a handmade heart and small card explaining the project. The matching heart is then posted to the next-of-kin along with a card from the hospital.

The hearts were knitted by members of the local community and staff who kindly volunteered their time to ensure the Trust has enough hearts for all patients.

More than 250 pairs of hearts have now been shared with patients and their loved ones since the project started in early April.

Joanne Bennis, Chief Nurse at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a very difficult time for patients and their relatives, but we hope that these hearts provide them comfort and help them feel connected. We’ve received lots of positive feedback from patients and their relatives who have received hearts. One family recently got in touch to let us know how comforting they found it to have a link back to their husband and father.

 “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the project – we have been inundated with donations."

The Twin Hearts Project is just one of the ways patients can stay connected to their loved ones during their hospital stay. Relative can also send letters and family photos through the Letters to Loved Ones initiative. 

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