HELPING HANDS

Chideock Village Hall

Our village hall has undergone a major refurbishment during 2020 and we were delighted to be asked to produce a piece of artwork for the meeting room.  The Craft Group came up with a mixed media coastal scene which will look stunning when it is installed.

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Royal Voluntary Services 

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Answering a call for help from the Royal Voluntary Services, who like many charities have seen their income decimated during the past few months, some of our ladies dug out their knitting needles and knitted Teddies which will be attending a Teddies Picnic in October and then be sold off to raise much-needed funds for the RVS.  Here's a photo of a few of them enjoying tea in the garden.

Coronovirus Support

During the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 our WI rose to the challenge of providing support to West Dorset Scrubbers who co-ordinated the efforts of volunteers across the region to provide personal protective equipment i.e. scrubs, face masks and wash/laundry bags to our health care professionals.

Totals now stand at

Scrubs      90

Wash bags      1158

Knitted mask bands     173

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Dorset Reading Partners

This organisation provides reading assistance to children across Dorset.  We were able to help by making 40 Story Telling Bags themed on books which volunteer reading partners are able to take into schools. 

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MacMillan Breast Cancer Support

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We have been able to help by making heart-shaped comfort cushions, drainage bag holders and seat belt pads for those who have undergone mastectomy surgery. More deliveries were made in October and December 2020 which were gratefully received by the MacMillan Nurses in Dorchester.

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Cupboard Love - Bridport Food Bank

At our February 2020 meeting we received a very interesting talk and update on the work carried out by our local food bank in Bridport and were delighted to be able to help out at Christmas by providing Cupboard Love with 100 cheerful shopping bags.

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Decorating our  "Cupboard Love" tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Bridport.

Bridport Museum

"The Spirit of Bridport"

A costume made for Bridport Museum as part of its renovation project in 2017.