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Sewing bees in Stansted led by Takeley woman help NHS staff stay protected

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Do you have any old pillowcases or duvet covers? Or can you sew? If so, Abigail Newton needs your help to turn them into drawstring bags for NHS staff.

She appealed for help in Stansted and was delighted when several women volunteered. So far, between them they have crafted 160 bags, but with the need for possibly thousands, she is appealing for more help and materials.

The mother of two, whose daughters Scarlett, 13, and Alice, 11, are lending a hand, said that nurses on the front line who had already received the bags were extremely grateful.

Abigail and her daughter Scarlett with their home-sewn wash bags for NHS staff (33442883)
Abigail and her daughter Scarlett with their home-sewn wash bags for NHS staff (33442883)

“It means they can take their uniform off at work, turn the bag inside out and pick it all up with the bag and then put it straight in the washing machine when they get home. Then it’s all ready to go again,” said Abigail.

She lives in Takeley and is happy to collect materials from a safe distance, which she then distributes to the sewing team of Ami, Judith, Joanna, Lesley, Karen and Tanya.

"I received a letter from a lovely nurse from PAH [Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow] thanking us for our bags. It read 'It is pretty horrid working at the moment and then going home to our families – things like this make a huge difference'."

To donate pillowcases or duvet covers that are in good condition with no marks or tears, full cotton reels in any colour and ribbon, call Abigail on 07737 038664.

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