Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The circle of life ... Rest in Peace dad, I'll see you in my dreams

11th May 2016
Letter to: The Intermediate Care Team
Hinchinbrooke Hospital
Dear Sirs

We are writing as a family to send our sincere thanks to the Intermediate Care Team for the palliative care Percy Cannings received towards the end of his life when he was suffering with stomach cancer and for the re-enablement care provided for Bet Cannings following her hip re-replacement.

The two medical matters occurring at the same time put the family under extreme strain. On the occasions when one of us couldn’t be with dad, knowing that the care team were visiting three times a day took some of the pressure off; it was extremely comforting knowing there was someone looking after him during mum’s stay in hospital and whilst she got her mobility back upon discharge.

We couldn’t have managed without the support and expertise provided and so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We understand one of the carers who visited mum and dad, (name deleted for privacy), was due to have a baby around this time.

Unfortunately, we lost dad (Percy) recently. We had his funeral yesterday and said goodbye to a much loved husband, brother, uncle and father. Whilst we were all together, we signed a card to celebrate a beautiful new life entering the world. At this difficult time for us all, it has been very comforting to be reminded of the circle of life and we wonder would it be possible for this hand crocheted blanket (made by Sue, Percy’s eldest daughter) to be forwarded to (name deleted) and her family as a token of our esteem.

The pattern is a vintage one by Patons, no longer in print. A blanket using the original pattern was  made for the television series, Call the Midwife, and featured in one of the Christmas Specials. The pattern has been recreated with Paton’s permission and made available on-line by a blogger called Rebecca, otherwise known to the crocheting world as Little Monkey, the pattern is called the Midwife Blanket.

The blanket has been crocheted using Drops Baby Merino yarn which is 100% fine merino sheep’s wool, specially manufactured as suitable for new borns. It is fully machine washable and a ball band from the yarn, which contains washing instructions, is included with the card.

Warmest best wishes and our thanks once again for all your help.

The Cannings family


  1. So sorry to hear this, my sincere condolences. But what a beautiful gesture. xx

    1. Thanks for your message, Caroline. It's always a comfort to know others care. Making this blanket was really good therapy, I find crochet (and knitting) very calming at times of upset and stress. xx

  2. So sorry to hear that you and your family have had such an awful few weeks.
    The blanket is beautiful and I'm sure it will be well received and cherished.


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