FREE hand-knitted items to help keep babies warm this winter are on offer in Airedale Hospital's antenatal clinic.

A stall has been set up with items ranging from baby blankets and cardigans to mittens and booties.

Any new or expectant parents can access the goods, which have been donated by knitters across the community.

Zoe Ludgate, an early intervention midwife at the Steeton hospital, says: "We are very fortunate in our maternity unit to have a constant stream of knitted items made with love and kindly donated by our local community.

"We know that many of our families have been affected by the cost-of-living crisis, especially rising fuel bills, so we hope our stall will provide items that parents can use to keep their babies warm during these colder months."

Items can be taken for free, or for a small donation to the Airedale Hospital & Community Charity.

There is also a limited stock of teddy bears suitable for older siblings.

The initiative supports and promotes the department’s 'Safe Sleep' advice for parents on how to keep babies warm and safe during the winter.

Donations of knitted items can be sent to the hospital, clearly marked for the antenatal clinic.