Former teacher from Beaconsfield knits for bereaved families

Edie Cubbage (left) and Thelma West (right)

Edie Cubbage (left) and Thelma West (right)

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FORMER teacher who has been knitting since she was six is using her hobby to make a difference for bereaved families.

Edie Cubbage, 82, from Beaconsfield, has been making blankets, gowns and hats for baby charity, Cuddles.

Cuddles supports families dealing with the loss of their baby through miscarriage or stillbirth by donating the items volunteers knit for them.

Often when a baby passes away, families are given the opportunity to have a photo with the child to keep as a memory.

The baby is wrapped in the items and the family are allowed to keep the blankets and other items.

Edie, whose friend Thelma West (pictured) also knits for the charity, believes the work the volunteers do makes a real difference.

She said: “I knit all week long, I have always enjoyed it since my mum taught me when I was six-years-old.

“I never knew about the charity but someone explained it to me one day and I thought it was such an amazing thing to do, and I have been doing it ever since.

“The families are allowed to keep the items which are for the baby as a keepsake.

“I like to think it makes a difference for families, there never used to be such things years ago, it is such a good idea.”

Last year the charity donated more than 6000 items for the bereaved families.

As well as knitting at home, Edie also continues her hobby at the Age Concern Day Centre in Flackwell Heath where she goes twice a week.

As well as knitting recreationally she also taught sewing and knitting for children at Dropmore School, in Burnham, for about 20 years.

She said: “During the war me and my mum used to knit for the sailors to keep them warm.

“As a child I enjoyed it as there was no entertainment, we didn’t have a television back then and it was something I could do.

“I have done it ever since, as well as knitting for the charity I also used to send things for my three grandchildren.”

For more information about Cuddles please visit www.cuddles-uk.org

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9:08am Mon 28 Jul 14

sundaydriver says...

Well - this is another example of how the older members of our community are leading the way with charitable activities, supporting smaller concerns that otherwise operate off radar and with limited funds.

Well done to all older people that continue to support others when it is actually themselves that should be being supported.........
Well - this is another example of how the older members of our community are leading the way with charitable activities, supporting smaller concerns that otherwise operate off radar and with limited funds. Well done to all older people that continue to support others when it is actually themselves that should be being supported......... sundaydriver
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12:18pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Knowitallnewby says...

Thank you very much. We need more people like this. A member of my family has just suffered a bereavement. It was a lovely gift for the little baby to be wrapped and comforted in. I feel that the blanket will keep him warm forever.
R.i.p little angel.

Thank you. Xxxxxxxxxxx
Thank you very much. We need more people like this. A member of my family has just suffered a bereavement. It was a lovely gift for the little baby to be wrapped and comforted in. I feel that the blanket will keep him warm forever. R.i.p little angel. Thank you. Xxxxxxxxxxx Knowitallnewby
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