Last year, it was the Burgh Community Blanket – part of the Knit for Peace project. This year, its discreet shoulder bags to carry syringe drivers commonly used by terminally ill cancer patients.
Shirley Jackson suggested that the Burgh Knitters and Sewing Bees might help the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Specialist Palliative Care team. Patients in their care have a need for bags to carry syringe drivers and the team need around 35-40 bags per week.
Helen Watson and Mary Forrest-Hill agreed to help and arranged “get togethers” in the Reading Room.
The group met in early November to exchange pattern details, discuss and share fabric ideas over a cup of tea and of course a biscuit or two.
One month later, more than 40 wonderfully creative bags had been completed. A wide variety of fabrics from vibrant plain green felt with grey straps to duck egg blue cotton with duck design, rainbow knitted, spots, stripes and many other colours and designs.
Patients use syringe drivers to deliver pain relief medication at set times around the clock. When using a driver they pop them in shoulder bags that allow them to go about their daily business without drawing attention to it. A syringe driver is a small portable battery-powered machine, about the size of a pencil case, which administers a continuous dose of painkiller or other medication.
The sewing group is planning to meet again at the end of January, beginning of February – once the building work is complete and the Reading Room is open again.
Suggestions for the next project include knitted Trauma Teddies and baby blanket. So if you fancy having a go, or just want to pop along for a cup of tea and a natter, look out for dates in the New Year on the Burgh Life website. Everyone is welcome.