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 for Breast Cancer was set up. However, in a short space of time it has quickly grown and they are now providing their items to a number support group and centres throughout the Midlands. They also provide items on request from individuals not in hospital.
Having felt how soft the items are such the chemo cloths and the simple yet effective design of the support pillow I can see the popularity for these items. They are made with love, thinking of how it can help provide comfort to someone with cancer.
What really amazed me was the knitted knockers. I didn’t realise you could get them in different shapes and sizes. There was even ones for swimming. Something like this can make a real difference to how someone looks and feels. I was amazed that this group were willing to adapt the size free of charge to help, so that it was tailored to the individual.
These ladies deliver amazing items and can knock them out quickly. I was amazed at the speed they do this and was watching them in awe!
The aim for this group is to make a difference to people lives, without people having to worry about how they are going to afford to pay for these essential items. That is what I love about this group and the people behind it.
I left knowing I would be coming back to see them at one their monthly meeting in the future. I had so much fun and spent the day talking and laughing.
We are so pleased that we are now working with Midlands Crafters 4 Breast Cancer and will be able to share their wonderful items with people in Northampton.
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