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Sutton Bridge woman sewing treat bags for NHS workers

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NHS workers who are continuing to care for residents will be receiving treats to brighten their days after a group
decided they wanted to help.

Donna Dicks, who lives in Sutton Bridge, has joined forces with fellow sewer Debby Palmer and Yvonne Porter-Smith of The Fabric Fae in Holbeach to put together treat bags for NHS workers after creating protective garments during the first national lockdown.

The group has been collecting items and hand creating bags which will be delivered to NHS staff at hospitals which serve our area.

Donna said: “I was putting away Christmas bits and bobs and I thought I’d never use some of the bits in there so I thought I’d give them to charity.

“Then I thought ‘perhaps these would make someone in the NHS smile and allow them to take five minutes for themselves’, which is why we started collecting bits.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to pass on things they might not need anymore and the idea is that we can provide the bags with items which we hope will just make their lives better.”

The group are nearing 100 treat bags after less than a week of sewing and asking for donations and are hoping to split the bags between hospitals which serve the area, including Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Donna, who has been furloughed from her job as a front of house manager at vintage tea room Yesteryears in Long Sutton, says that putting the treats together is also helping her to stay busy.

She said: “Having been furloughed as we are unable to open the tea room, I have lots of time to do this and it really makes you feel like you are doing your bit to help.

“We are making all of the bags and together we should have around 100 by the end of the week which is brilliant - people’s generosity has been amazing! There’s some good people out there and the pandemic has shown that when things get tough we do all pull together.”

The group are hoping to create more of the bags and welcome donations of any items which would be appropriate treats for the staff and additional material to create the bags.

Donna said: “We have been given a lot of items for baths, perfumes, candles, hot chocolate and sweets which is brilliant. The idea is to fill the bags with anything whcih will put a smile on their faces when they get home from work. There’s nothing nicer than a nice hot bath after a rubbish day, followed by a hot drink and a sweet.”

To donate items, please contact Donna via Prima Donna Design on Facebook or Yvonne through The Fabric Fae on Facebook.

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