Womens Institute groups in Haverhill and Sturmer use their skills to help palliative care patients at West Suffolk Hospital
WI members Margaret Brackenbury and Linda Bevan delivered over 80 syringe driver bags to West Suffolk Hospital recently with over 60 more in the pipeline.
Patients in palliative care are sometimes given a syringe driver box for pain relief when suffering from cancer or other terminal illnesses and the bags hold the box comfortably over the shoulder so moving around is made easier.
Jan Watson, PA to the consultant for palliative care said: “The bags will be used throughout the hospital wherever needed.”
The bags have been made by members of the WI throughout west Suffolk, including the Haverhill Owls and Sturmer, and groups in Haverhill such as The Craft Basket and U3A quilters.
The idea came from Debby Dyson when Linda (Sturmer WI) attended one of her workshops at Snobbyeddy Crafts in the Menta Centre, Hollands Road, Haverhill.
The Creative Leisure Committee and Public Affairs Committee decided to promote this as a project for the Suffolk West Federation of WIs for the whole of 2019.
Hospital feedback was that patients would appreciate a personal bag made for them when going through such a tough time.
The aim of the WIs from afar afield as Walsham, Mildenhall, and Bury St Edmunds is to provide new syringe driver bags to replace the regulation ones in bright colours and designs.
Sue Swain of the Haverhill Owls WI said: “We were pleased to have a simple piece of sewing and the bags are beautiful as well as useful.”
The bags are made a sewing machine and the instructions are on line: http://makingforcharity.co.uk/make-a-syringe-driver-bag