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"Nurses are known as angels, so it's kind of like angels for angels"

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"Nurses are known as angels, so it's kind of like angels for angels"

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 5th April 2020. (Updated at 8:37am 5th April 2020)

A new project has been launched by the Rushmoor Christmas Angels to show support for NHS staff.

The group usually sends knitted angels out into the community during the festive season, but is now creating 'NHS angels' for health workers.

There are now patterns available to create nurse, surgeon, paramedic and key worker angels.

Rushmoor NHS angels

Some have already been sent to the Aldershot Centre for Health and to Frimley Park Hospital.

David Betts coordinates the Rushmoor Christmas Angels project and explained what people can do with their angel once they finish knitting:

"If they know someone that works within the medical profession, at a hospital or a surgery, they can by all means pass their knitted angels onto these people because obviously we don't want everyone turning to a hospital.

"Then those angels get taken into those establishments and then just given to those who are working within the health service.

"Nurses are known as angels, so it's kind of like angels for angels.

"We know the joy these little angels bring at Christmas time when people find them and we just thought 'wouldn't it be nice for those who are working in the NHS and the key workers at this time to just get a little something to show that people are thinking of them and that they are very much appreciated'."

He added anyone can take part and the angels can be taken to any NHS establishment near the knitter.

To find out more head to the Rushmoor Christmas Angels Facebook page, or to request a pattern for the NHS angel join the Rushmoor Christmas Angels knitters Facebook group.