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Crafter steps up to help animals affected by Australia bushfires




An animal lover and keen crafter has joined a call to help the millions of animals that are suffering because of the bushfires in Australia.

Sandra Hiscox, of Church Hill, in Helions Bumpstead, has already sewn and sent off 36 joey pouches (used for baby kangaroos that have lost their mother) to the Animal Rescue Craft Guild – UK Division, which then sends them off to Australia.

And she is already working on a second batch of the pouches.

Sandra Hiscox has been sewing items for the many animals that have been effected by the bushfires in Australia. Picture by Mark Westley.
Sandra Hiscox has been sewing items for the many animals that have been effected by the bushfires in Australia. Picture by Mark Westley.

Sandra, a semi-retired PA, said: “It was on Facebook. I’m a member of some sewing groups and some had started to share the Australia Crafting Guild, which I went on to look at and realised there was a UK division and they said how we could help as crafters.

“So I went on to their Facebook page and took some patterns and just started really.

“I have been an animal lover for years and of course it’s something I love doing, sewing, and to be able to help the animals is perfect for me.”

The items that Sandra sews are sent to the charity’s hub in Bury St Edmunds, from where they are sent down under.

She has currently stopped sewing until the hub completes a stocktake on January 25, after which she will be informed which items the charity still needs.

Sandra would welcome any donations of brushed cotton sheets that are needed to line the pouches.

If anyone would like to donate some fabric to Sandra, who is member of Snobby Eddy Crafts in Haverhill, she can be contacted via email at skhiscox1@gmail.com and she can arrange to collect it.

Sandra added: “There are over 100,000 people in the UK like myself knitting, crocheting and sewing items for the many animals that have been injured in the terrible bushfires in Australia.

“It is estimated that over 500 million animals have perished in the bushfires so far.”

The Animal Rescue Craft Guild, said Sandra, ‘have been overwhelmed by the response’.


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