Heartfelt help for breast cancer sufferers in Almeria
Turre sewing circle has recently showed a heartful action to create help for breast cancer sufferers following surgery in Almeria.
The ladies have been putting their skills with needle and thread to excellent use. Their making dozens of heart-shaped pads from soft, washable materials. These go under the arm and support sore areas post op.
The sewing group’s Kim Gibson told the Euro Weekly News she first heard about the surgery pads idea from a male friend who had had breast cancer. He was offered one to help him drive, sleep and just get on with daily life with the wound site protected.
When Kim saw the pads another friend made back in the UK she was, she said, “so impressed I brought the pattern to our sewing group and asked if anyone would like to help, which they all did.”
Kim explained that most breast cancer sufferers lose lymph nodes, hence the heart shape is ideal for fitting snugly in the underarm area.
“They really do make a difference!”, commented MACS representative Aileen Cameron when the sewing group donated their first batch of pads to the cancer support charity last week.
“It’s somebody saying I know you’re going through a lot and this is something to say we’re thinking of you, as well as the practicalities of it.
“The fact they’re heart-shaped also shows they’re coming from love to somebody who’s going through treatment. It’s a lovely, lovely thing to do.”
MACS will, Aileen explained, give out the pads to people the charity helps and supports.
The sewing group is going to keep on producing the pads and supporting MACS, Kim said.
She now hopes more individuals or groups will be inspired to follow the Turre seamstresses’ example.
Selina Smith and fellow circle members, Selina’s sister Gloria Bishop and Ruth Stubbs, are the main organisers of the sewing circle, which has some 30 members. They get together every Wednesday morning, year-round at Turre’s evangelical church to sew, knit, embroider, cross stitch, crochet and make lace. They share ideas, advice and chat in a creative, convivial atmosphere.
The ladies also bring in fabrics and other craft-related items which other members buy, adding the cash to the collection for the local food bank.
For more information about the Turre sewing circle contact Gloria Bishop on 667 702 774.