The Middlemore Foundation Wool Programme was established 1st June 2000 and currently has over 2,000 dedicated knitters nationwide donating beautifully knitted booties, hats, mittens, vests and blankets to keep our premature babies and newborns in the hospital and the community warm.

We also give larger knitted items to Kidz First Children's Hospital and to our community partners to distribute to tamariki and whaanau in need in the community.

Note: We currently have a good supply of knitted hats. The knitted items we require currently are cardigans, vests for boys, blankets and peggy squares of all sizes. We accept blankets of all sizes from prem to adult!


baby wearing a knitted beanie
baby wearing a knitted beanie

Wool packs given to new mums and babies in need consist of 6 hats, 6 pairs of booties, 3 blankets, 4 vests, a minimum of 4 cardigans, 1 pair of PJs, and 1 gorgeous knitted toy like teddy bears and even octopuses!

When we receive stock of singlets we put two in each pack.

Postal Address: 

Middlemore Foundation, Private Bag 93320, Otahuhu, Auckland 1640

Courier Address:

Middlemore Foundation, Inwards Good c/o - Middlemore Hospital, 100 Hospital Road, Otahuhu, Auckland 2025

Drop-off point: 

Birkenhead Bowling Club. Ph: 480 7493
 93 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746
Open from 3.30pm Monday to Friday and from 11am Saturday and Sunday

Note: Will drop-off once a month to Middlemore Foundation



The Wool Programme is always looking for new volunteers to provide knitting, wool or donations towards materials.


If you would like to help, you can donate below.


If you would like to become a drop-off point, please get in touch with us to find out more.

baby wearing knitted hat and jumper

Do you accept crochet?

Yes we do. However, we do not accept crochet hats due to them being too tight on a baby's head.

Can we use acrylic?

Yes we do. We ask that it be machine washable.

Can I use other patterns?

Of course! If you would like to use your own pattern, please make sure it meets our guidelines.

Where can I drop off my knitting?

You can drop off your knitting to our office located in Colvin Complex at Middlemore Hospital Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4:30pm, or to Middlemore Hospital's main reception at any other times. Please include your name, email address and postal address so we can send an acknowledgement and thank you.

Where can I post my knitting?

You can send your knitting to our postal or courier address.

Postal Address: Middlemore Foundation, Private Bag 93320, Otahuhu, Auckland 1640

​Courier Address: Middlemore Hospital, Inwards Good c/o - Middlemore Foundation, 100 Hospital Road, Otahuhu, Auckland 2025