Sew far, sew good!

Jackie Norris and Pam Longland

Pam Longland and Jackie Norris from Needingworth have recently raised £1000 for the Emergency Department at Hinchingbrooke Hospital by selling homemade crochet creations and PPE items.

Pam and Jackie started by making different coloured crocheted ‘Smilies’ - a flat round 'face' with curly hair - a to sell to their fellow villagers to put up in their windows to share joy and give village children a treasure hunt during the national lockdown.

When Pam stopped work at Kingfisher House and unwillingly retired in May, at the age of 82, she kept herself busy by putting her vintage 1929 Singer sewing machine to use making face coverings which they sold in the village and also via Jackie’s Facebook page. Materials such as elastic and cotton were very hard to come by at the beginning of the pandemic, but they managed to buy bits of material from everywhere and provided masks for schools, including Bob the Builder and dinosaur designs.

Dr Bhatnagar said: "This is fabulous! We are so very thankful to Pam and Jackie for all their efforts. I hope to use the funds towards decorating a new Paediatric ED area which we plan to be opening this winter."

An amazing total of £1,000 came to the Emergency Department, and a further £500 went to a hospice in Cambridge.  As face coverings are now compulsory, the ladies hope to keep making and selling their wares and continue to donate to us.

Dr Pallav Bhatnagar, Clinical Lead for the Emergency Department at Hinchingbrooke, and some of his team received Pam and Jackie's cheque on behalf of the department.