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A Chiswick seamstress has been doing her bit to help NHS workers by converting pillow cases into scrub bags.

Lorna had been putting her skills to good use by making them into something that could be used to safely transport and launder their uniforms; also scrub caps and headbands.

Finding there was no demand at the nearest hospitals she joined Sewing 4 Kingston, part of the Surbiton Coronavirus Community Response Group, which is now supplying many hospitals including West Middlesex plus care homes, the police & ambulance services.

When the Grove Park Bridge Group heard of the work she was doing they got together to find extra pillow cases for her but one of their members came up with a very special idea.

Dinah Wiener is a founding trustee of Bhola's Children (www.bholaschildren.org) a UK registered charity set up in March 2007 to provide a permanent source of funding for a home and school for orphaned and disabled children on the island of Bhola in the Bay of Bengal.

All the children are taught daily living skills, primary education and given training in tailoring, cooking, woodwork and other technical skills. They are taught how to make clothes and table linen by hand-sewing or with a sewing machine and also how to decorate with embroidery.

Each year Dinah brings back to Chiswick pillow cases hand-embroidered by the children which she gives away in exchange for donations to Bhola's Children at open days at her house for parishioners of Our Lady of Grace and St Edward church and other local friends.

As this would be impossible this year she has presented all the pillow cases to Lorna. It is hoped that the lovely embroidery will be an extra comfort to NHS staff at this time.

Lorna says that if anyone would like to sew or donate material they should look for their local Scrub Hub, Sewing 4 the NHS, For the Love of Scrubs or similar group.

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May 3, 2020

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