Long and shorts of helping Africa

Pretty mades: Little girls at the Happy House with some of the dresses made at the Sewing Sanctuary
Pretty mades: Little girls at the Happy House with some of the dresses made at the Sewing Sanctuary
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Shorts made by big-hearted sewers on the Fylde coast are bound for children in need in Kenya.

The Sewing Sanctuary, at Marsh Mill Village, Thornton, hosted a Dress a Boy Around the World Day, when, for £5 to cover materials and tuitions, anyone could drop in to make a pair of shorts for a child in the developing world.

It was organised by Caroline Bramhall, who owns the Sewing Sanctuary, and on-hand to give tuition was Jessica Woolley, assisted by junior sewing ambassador, Megan Holman, 12, a pupil at St Mary’s RC School.

Among the novices to have a go for a good cause, were 
Jessica’s dad, personal trainer Sean Holman, and Caroline’s partner, Phil Wolstencroft, a plumber.

The first of the shorts will be making their way to Children of Watamu’s Happy House in Kenya – the children’s home built and run by former Blackpool hotelier,Sue Hayward and her charity. With 83 children, new clothes are very welcome.

Happy House voluntary coordinator Elizabeth 
Gomm went along to the Sewing Sanctuary to tell those taking part more about the children, the tragic backgrounds they have come from, and the wonderful home and education they have at the Happy House.

Elizabeth said: “Our little girls were thrilled with dresses they received from a Dress a Girl event held at the Sewing Sanctuary in February, when more than 160 dresses were made for girls in the impoverished world.

“New clothes mean so much to kids who have come from dire poverty or neglect. Sadly, the cost of postage from here, plus import tax in Kenya, and restrictive airline baggage allowances limits what we can take.

“We are so grateful to Caroline and Jessica and to everyone who gave their time to make such lovely clothes, and who opened their hearts to our children.”

*To find out more about the Happy House visit www.childrenofwatamu.net