For nearly 40 years, the CWA Hospital Sewing Group has met weekly to create much needed items for babies and cancer patients at hospitals around Perth including Fiona Stanley and the King Edward Memorial Hospital. These passionate and committed members have never tired of their work but the ageing sewing machines and overlockers have nearly reached their use by date.
A call for help was sent out to businesses by Kelly Hudson, President of the Perth Belles CWA Branch, who recently saw their plight whilst working at the CWA State Office. Steve and Lyn Hardwick from the Cockburn Sewing Centre quickly responded that they would be happy to donate 2 second-hand machines that were in good condition and had been fully serviced.
Muriel Barron, a member of the sewing group and President of the Willetton/Leeming CWA Branch was delighted to collect the sewing machines and had a quick lesson on how to operate them. Steve and Lyn were then presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a CWA Cookbook in return for their generosity.
These machines will be used to create:
- Matinee jackets for premature babies;
- Tiny ‘pop-top’ surgical gowns for babies;
- Drainage carry bags for in-hospital treatments; and
- Sewn and knitted prosthetic breasts for breast cancer survivors.
We thank the Cockburn Sewing Centre for their generous donation which will benefit so many people in need.