Poppies attached to the cots of Hull’s youngest patients

Hull’s youngest hospital patients will help to remember those who gave their lives for freedom when the nation marks 100 years since the end of the First World War this weekend.

Red poppies have been attached to the incubators in the Neonatal Intensive Care at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital to remember the fallen during the 1914 to 1918 war.

Senior staff nurse Anthea Hebdon came up with the idea and staff nurse Elizabeth Ware designed the poppies which were laminated to meet strict rules on infection control before they were attached to the babies’ incubators with the approval of parents.

Anthea said: “These are the youngest people in the city and we thought it would be a nice gesture if they were able to support the Poppy Appeal.

“The babies have been born in a very special year and we hope this will be start of a lifelong act of remembrance for them.”

The poppies have been attached to incubators in the Red Room, where the most seriously ill babies are cared for, the Blue Room for those in need of high dependency nursing care and the Special Care Baby Unit.