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The Great Sewing Bee

by Michael Ford last modified 19 Jun, 2020 10:26 PM

Back in April we featured our Diocese's first-ever online licensing, when the the Revd Liz Howlett was licensed by Bishop Karen as an Associate Priest in the Bride Valley Benefice.

(click here for that story)

Despite being in lockdown for the vast majority of her ministry since, Liz - who lives and works at the Othona Community near Burton Bradstock - has been busy working along her colleagues in the benefice.

But she has also found time, like many others in our Diocese, to do some sewing for the NHS and local care homes.

Liz posted on social media:

"Just finished my third set of scrubs this evening! Pleased to have been one of the West Dorset Scrubbers."

Since late March, all over the Diocese churches and the wider community have shown their support for our frontline NHS doctors, nurses, GPs, care homes and support workers, by helping to produce additional numbers of scrubs and PPE.

Many provided material and sewing accessories, while others like Liz helped out by sewing ‘scrubs’ for local hospitals, care homes and surgeries.

Liz explained that in West Dorset alone, over 500 people have been involved in sewing, delivering and collecting materials and completed items, and in organising the whole operation. She said:

"It's great teamwork. So many people are involved - it’s great to be a small part of the enterprise."

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