In between Christmas and New Year, I was scrolling through The Lewis Foundation Twitter feed when I can across Midlands Crafters 4 Breast Cancer. What caught my eye was their picture of a chemo wash cloth, which I thought sounded great and would make a perfect addition to our gift packs.
I contacted Jo from Midlands Crafters 4 Breast Cancer and was surprised to find that only are these made by volunteers but they donate these cloths for free! I had a look on Midlands Crafters 4 Breast Cancer and discovered this not the only product they offered for free. Below is the items that are made:
Chemo Cloths – Soft cotton cloths, which are gentle for the skin of those who are/have received treatment.
Support Pillows – Heart – Shaped, which are designed to provide support and comfort after breast surgery.
Chemo Hats – Can be worn day or night by males/females who have suffered hair loss due to chemotherapy.
Knitted Knockers – These are made especially for women who have had mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. They are soft and light weight and when placed in a real bra they take on the shape and feel of a breast. They can be adapted on request for uneven breasts or breast tissue.
What surprised me that apart from the support pillows, was the fact that the items are knitted, which is something I had never seen before.
Jo invited me along to their monthly meet on the 28th January at the Community Hub in John Lewis, Birmingham.
I really enjoyed spending the day with Jo, Julia, Dawn, Rhon and Helen. I can’t knit to save my life but I helped make key rings and package items. I got to see and learn about the group and the people behind it.
I learnt that these ladies meet once a month to get together and make these wonderful items to help others. They also spend their spare time making these items and are funding these items themselves.
Jo only set this up in November 2016, having previously been involved in another group Knitted Knockers who provided free knitted prosthetics to women with breast cancer. However, Jo wanted to bring something to the Midlands, which is why Midlands Crafters