NEEDLEWORK fans in a Felpham group are spreading the love with hospital patients.
The members of Felpham Belles are crafting gifts for breast cancer patients at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.
A donation from Felpham Masonic Lodge will enable the group to carry on its good work this year.
The £100 cheque will help to pay for materials to make more of the heart-shaped cushions to be given to post-operative patients.
Michelle Sinclair, who chairs the group, said: “The Macmillan breast care nurses at St Richard’s Hospital can give out up to ten cushions each month. So there is an ongoing demand.”
The idea for the colourful cushions began at the Belles’ meeting last February.
Michelle said: “We didn’t want to do a traditional Valentine’s Day craft activity. So we hit upon the idea of ‘spreading the love’ by making something for charity.
“A bit of research unearthed the idea of heart cushions, which seemed like an ideal fit.
“As a women’s group, we almost all know someone who has been touched by breast cancer and were pleased to be able to use some of our collective sewing skills to provide a little bit of support and comfort to those affected.”
At the first meeting, the Belles made more than 40 cushions. But the members wanted to continue with their good work. One member agreed to cut out the fabric ready for sewing. Others take the hearts home to make up and stuff,
One of the cushions donated to the hospital was given to Cheryl Boyle, the wife of a member of Felpham Lodge.
Cheryl said: “I chose a cushion in a lovely, bright pink fabric and it was my constant companion for two months – at home, in the car, in hospital. I even took it on holiday with me.
“It was a great help and it touched me that someone had gone to the effort of making this for me.”
Cheryl’s husband, Malcolm, arranged the donation towards the cost of making the cushions. They attended a recent meeting of the Belles to hand over the cheque.
He said: “We were happy to make the donation and pleased to meet with the Felpham Belles. We hope that it will help women to continue to benefit from the cushions made by the group.”
Felpham Belles meets at Felpham Village Hall from 7.30-9.30pm on the first Monday of each month. Membership costs £30 a year. Guests can attend for £5 a meeting.
Other activities in the past year have included decorating cupcakes, painting pebbles, making bunting and sewing felt poppies.