Volunteers and making friends

Lots of our fabulous volunteers have made friends through being a volunteer for Cherished Gowns UK.

 All of our volunteers donate their time and pay for their own wool and thread to complete these items and when they get together they combine their postage to the HQ

Cherished volunteers call themselves family - a title we never gave them but they chose to give themselves.

They celebrate each others success and joys but also support each other through the hard times.  We are so lucky to have them all

Here are two of our volunteers who work together on a regular basis to send complete packs to Cherished HQ

 

Sylvia McDougal

I started off my career as an apprentice machinist aged 15 in the tailoring trade and was put into a training room where we learned all about machines first then excited sat at machine thinking I was going to make some kind of garment,NO, we were given pieces of strong paper with lines on, no thread,and had to master sewing straight,curved,needle control ,being able to start with needle up etc,we did this for about 2 weeks until the trainer thought we could progress to material WOW!! Mind you it was excellent training as it stood me in good stead for remainder of my career,as I learned,pattern making,cutting skills,both with shears and band knives, and all processes of tailoring from basting, hand sew, to whole make up of garments,ie sleeving in on Five threads,over lockers to inserting pockets,welts etc a very good grounding,I loved the camaraderie of factory life,but our factory closed,so went on then to dressmaking,in various factories making everything from bras, knickers,soft furnishings,dresses, wedding dresses, finally ended up a supervisor,then working with designers as a sample machinist making garments for Marks and Spencer's,needless to say as modern times have shown this industry died and was all shifted abroad,so factories closed, shame x anyway I went into an teaching and training mode for our local college and delivered NVQ to diplomas in of all things Health and safety and housekeeping and cleaning,I retired from this at aged 60, left on Friday and was asked to go back on Monday where I worked for a further 4 years,I loved it!! I've been finished now finally for coming up to 6 years, it was my daughter in law who saw the advert for Cherished and the rest is history in the making,I absolutely adore making  and creating these gowns for little angels especially working with Pam as we are able to colour match etc and I also am able to help her with a little bit of knitting in between waiting for my next allocation of gowns,  also we have become friends,meeting each other's families,so I can honestly say,volunteering for Cherished has made retiring worthwhile,  

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Sylvia and Pam are a seamstress and knitter.  They work together to complete packs. Pam writes poetry and we've published her cherished poem below.

Sylvia received this dress from one of our generous brides  

 

Pam and Sylvia agreed a colour scheme, so Pam did the knits and Sylvia sewed the gowns. Here are the fantastic results.  All the packs will be forwarded by our Cherished office to Hospitals or direct to bereaved parents.

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Here are some some of the individual gowns, as you can see cherished volunteers really work hard to make sure every baby we dress is wonderfully provided for.

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Here are some more lovely collabrative work from Sylvia and Pam

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Pam's poem written especially to celebrate Cherished

Pam Mellor, Knit/Crochet Volunteer

I’m Pam and a knitter of the tiniest things

For babies so precious, they are born with their wings

Others sew gowns that brides have donated

So gorgeous, so perfect, with much love created

I’d friends who’d lost babies, so felt that I should

Get involved in this wonderful work if I could.

For me it’s a blessing, an answer to prayer

By creating together, we show that we care

My wish for all parents of angels who grieve

Is that each would find comfort in the pack they receive.

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