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Volunteers put their crafty skills to the test for patients

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Voluntary Services team hosted another successful Making for Charity craft evening on Monday 7 November at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, to make much needed items for hospital patients.

At the charity evening the sewing enthusiasts put their craft skills to the test to make draw-string property bags for patients to put their personal items in, messenger style bags for patients to carry their syringe drivers in, as well as handmade jewellery pouches for patients who pass away, to give their jewellery to their loved ones.

Vikki Padgett, Voluntary Services Manager, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said “The evening was a great success and I am so grateful to everyone who turned up and donated materials. Interior Goods Direct were ever so generous and donated four bags of stunning fabric. In total we made a fantastic 22 syringe driver bags,  51 property bags and 10 jewellery pouches for our patients here at Mid Yorks.”

A syringe driver is a small, battery-powered pump which delivers medication through a soft plastic tube, into a syringe with a needle placed just under the skin. The messenger style bags allow patients to carry these around with them more comfortably. Each handmade patient syringe driver bag and property bag can only be used once, for infection control reasons, so there is a constant requirement for them, and following the previous ‘Making for Charity’ event held in August, the Trust’s Voluntary Services team were sent a generous 50 syringe driver bags from Interior Goods Direct, based in Wakefield.

In 2017, regular sessions are planned at Pinderfields, Dewsbury and Pontefract Hospitals to continue to craft such lovely items for patients.  Dates will be available very soon and can be obtained from volunteer@midyorks.nhs.uk.


Photo: The twelve sewing volunteers