Loving Hands help Hospice Fete

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A Summer Fete has had a helping hand thanks to the efforts of a Summerhill lady who has been busy getting crafty.

Lorraine Ryan, who is a member of a UK wide movement `Loving Hands’,  has made more than 150 items for sale at the Nightingale House Summer Fete which is being held in the grounds of the hospice on Chester Road in Wrexham on Saturday June 10th, 11am to 4pm.

Using only donated materials she has collected, Lorraine has created handbags, pencil cases, make up bags, wheelchair holdalls, zimmer frame bags and shopping bags as well as fiddle mats, bedside table holders and all sorts of other hand-crafted items. All have been donated to Nightingale House and will be available to buy at the Fete.

In addition to items for sale, Lorraine has also made goods for the hospice itself, including material covers for medical equipment and wheelchair blankets. She has also made rows of bunting to decorate the hospice for the Fete.

Lorraine explains: “The ethos behind Loving Hands is to bring together like-minded crafters to knit, crochet and sew for charities.  There are a number of us in this area who make things for people who need them. Across the world, Loving Hands is a network of crafters supporting a wide range of charities, groups or individuals, from clothes for premature babies to blankets for elephants. The charity does much to help people in war zones.”

Lorraine is assisted in her efforts by her husband Kevin and son Shane who cut out all the material shapes for her to work with.

Debbie Barton of Nightingale House said: “We are very grateful to Lorraine for all her hard work and for donating so many items for our Fete. I am sure they will prove really popular. We have so many people who donate items of all kinds for our Fete, including others who get crafty, so I would like to say a really big thank you to everyone who supports us in our fundraising efforts.”

The Nightingale House Summer Fete, which also includes a garden sale, is sponsored by Brother Industries and is free to enter. In addition to stalls, games and activities, a grand tea party is also being held in a grand marquee on the hospice lawn, serving tea and home-made cake from the hospice’s Caffi Cwtch at a cost of £3.

The hospice would be very grateful for donations of bottles for a bottle tombola, plants and items for a garden sale, craft items, gifts and raffle prizes.

For more information on the Summer Fete, Garden Sale and Tea Party please contact Debbie Barton at Nightingale House on 01978 314292.

For more on Loving Hands see: www.lovinghands.org.uk