During April there has been a wealth of work going on behind the scenes on your behalf.
DURING FEBRUARY & MARCH a fantastic number of garments totalling 750 went to Africa
Thank you to all our volunteer sewers. Do you know that that equates to over 1,500 hours of sewing!
NOW to news - APRIL - that gloriously sunny month!
A BANK ACCOUNT - at last - thank you Lloyds one of the few now to support a community/charity account. As soon as all the final clearances are done we will also have a Just Giving page for you wonderful folks to use. WATCH FOR NEWS on the start date.
CONTACT with a number of staff at organisations who can take garments out to where they are most needed. We now have boxes sent out be distributed to FIVE different orphanages and organisations and packages to a further three. In total an estimated 700 garments and some bags and teddies.
IN ADDITION we are sending out around 550 garments to a contact to go to NEPAL and a further box of 150 as soon as we get clearance from another supporter.
Watch for more news of distributing as we go through May, several large shipments in the pipeline and not all to Africa!!
Know someone who is travelling abroad and who might take a few dresses, a school party - a church group or even just an individual? Do contact us and let us know - use the contact form - the button is at the top of the page
We need your fundraising ideas and event now. We are financing ourselves at the moment but that just cannot continue. Jacqui and I are in need of you lovely people to fundraise so that several things can happen
1. - We can post out more
2. We can visit groups and give talks and help at events
3. We can extend our flyers and posters and patterns so that we can send them out to you.
4. We can finally register as a full blown Charity - for which we need an income of several thousand each year!!
PLEASE put your ideas for fundraising below here in the comments or on our contact form - thank you. We have been very fortunate in receiving over £110 from Sophie and her friends after a sew-a-thon event.
Now there is another being organised for tomorrow (Wed 6th May by Emma in Lancashire - at the Grace and Favour shop
Located inside Marsh Mill Shopping Village, Thornton, Lancashire, FY5 4JZ
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Is there anyone who would like to run this Newsletter on line for me? It would be great to have a newsletter editor - you just need some writing skills, and be able to hunt down news then email it to me once a month - not too taxing!! Just email me to let me know if you would like to be the editor!
Thank you - Jayne
Please if you have news, photos of your groups sewing, and snippets of interest do let me know by email at email@example.com
Hoping that you all enjoyed time with family and friends over Easter.
This is a new item for us - a newsletter to keep up with whats going on out there!
We would like this to be inclusive and so if you have some news or something you would like to share then please do get in touch via the contact form - the button is at the top of the page - and we will put it into the next newsletter. We hope to have a newsletter published at least once a month or more often if there is more news!!
We are about to receive a box of cotton fabric pieces from a generous supporter so if you think you could make use of some to make the over 10 year old dresses and shorts just let me know!
Recently a huge parcel of dresses and shorts went out to BAKARY SAMBOUYA IN THE GAMBIA where we supported with over 200 dresses and shorts.
I am now getting ready to send out :-
200 + to Northern China
100 to the amazing Facing Africa trust
200 to the gambia to the Tuleeni orphanage
Jacqui has sent dresses to Kenya and to South Africa and plans to take more to her orphanage in jinja, uganda
As you can see we are very busy on your behalf!
Do keep stitching especially those 10 years plus sizes in both shorts and dresses! We are receiving lots of requests for the over 10 year old sizes. Those can be made of course from two pillowslips or cut from fabric or from a duvet cover no longer needed.
Just check that there are no stains or yellow patches and are thoroughly washed and they will be absolutely fine!
Sue Nicholson is exploring and developing new washable/reusable sanitary pads for the teenage girls. If anyone feels they would either like to donate to that mini project - we are buying the belts as they are quite fiddly to make - or to help by making then contact us through the contact page. I know Sue will be delighted to get more underway!
Thanks for reading
PS - just a reminder - If you have some news or something you would like to share then please do get in touch via the contact form and we will put it into the newsletter next time.