Sewing skills used to raise vital funds for hospice

29th July

A Hellingly woman has used her sewing skills to raise around £2,000 for the hospice that cared for her father Ron.

Woman at sewing machine
Debbie Scott raised £2,000 for her local hospice by making masks

Debbie Scott, who started off making scrub bags for nurses before trying to make masks, didn’t dream that she would end up raising so much money and making some 600 of them.

She explains: “It all started with my dad. When I knew he might go into the care of St Wilfrid’s Hospice I decided to start raising money for the charity. I have always supported local hospices where I’ve lived in the past and I often enter the St Wilfrid’s Lottery.”

Debbie started off selling masks at the sheltered accommodation where her parents live however after posting about the masks on Facebook the sales went “crazy”. Orders came in from across the country as friends shared her post.

“People have been very supportive and generous, but the amount of money I’ve raised has really taken the family by surprise,” she said.

Debbie learned to sew at school and admits she was more hands on than academic. Since school she has made curtains and sewed hems, but never anything on the scale of the mask making. Even though it has been hard work and time consuming, Debbie says the project has helped her to rekindle her love of sewing.

Hundreds of metres of cotton and hundreds of metres of elastic was used to make the masks which are based on a design Debbie found on You Tube. Each mask took around 30 minutes to make.

“It was my way of thanking the hospice for the kindness and wonderful care they gave my dad. It’s nice to know that I have made a difference.

“Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and they are so attentive to everybody. It has been a difficult time for them and for us as dad was restricted to two visitors and 1.5 hours a day of visits.”

A thank you letter from St Wilfrid’s Hospice Community Fundraiser Dara Madden explained that Debbie’s initial amount of £624 could pay for two whole weeks of care from a healthcare assistant or 41 calls to their 24/7 Nurse Line. It went on to say that it costs £15,000 a day to provide care inside the hospice building and out in the local communities.