Gar­ments lift griev­ing fam­i­lies

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Laura Pond

A GROUP of women in Mer­riwa are busily work­ing to sup­port griev­ing fam­i­lies, but more help is needed.

North Coastal Women’s Shed vol­un­teers spend two days a week cre­at­ing burial gowns and suits for still­born ba­bies made from do­nated wed­ding dresses through char­ity Angel WA Sis­ters.

Quinns Rocks res­i­dent Elaine Bal­lard was al­ready vol­un­teer­ing for the char­ity when she met shed treasurer Lyn Haast, of But­ler, who was ea­ger for mem­bers to get in­volved.

Ms Bal­lard said a team of about 10 helpers had spent the past sev­eral months cre­at­ing the gowns but more vol­un­teers were needed.

“The more peo­ple we’ve got, the more we can do. There are al­ways gowns wait­ing to be done,” she said.

She said it felt good to be able to help griev­ing par­ents in some small way.

“They’re go­ing through a hard enough time as it is and to know they have some­thing beau­ti­ful to have them in for the fu­neral is one less thing to worry about,” she said.

“They know other peo­ple are think­ing about them.”

The project has a per­sonal con­nec­tion for Ms Haast, who has suf­fered a mis­car­riage.

“It would have been nice to have one of these gowns around,” she said.

“It’s good to give back to peo­ple in need at the time.”

Gowns are worked on at Jenolan Way Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Mer­riwa on Mon­days and Thurs­days un­til 2pm.

Vol­un­teers can con­trib­ute time and no sewing ex­pe­ri­ence is needed.

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Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d469464

Lyn Haast and Elaine Bal­lard with other Women’s Shed vol­un­teers and the gar­ments they make.

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