A TEAM of women are providing a stitch in time to help parents going through a most devastating heartbreak.
The “Sewing Angels” – from the Sewing Sanctuary at Marsh Mill in Thornton – have been helping to create memory boxes to support families who have lost a child, or whose child is terminally ill.
The boxes, put together by Angel Grace fund-raising, aim to help create precious memories for families and are personalised to each individual.
They are available to all families who use the bereavement service at Brian House Children’s Hospice or are referred to Brian House’s Outreach team for end of life care.
Angel Grace was set up by Lisa and Steve Turner in memory of their beloved six-year-old daughter Grace, who they lost on Christmas Eve 2010.
The charity was set up as a lasting tribute to Grace, who her family say “touched the hearts of everyone who met her”, to keep her memory alive and to help raise money for Brian House and help other families with poorly or disabled children.
During its first year, Angel Grace Fund-raising has already managed to raise a staggering £26,000.
Included in the memory box is a personalised memory blanket.
The women at the Sewing Sanctuary formed a group of volunteers who comes together whenever a blanket is needed.
Hayley Turner, who runs The Sewing Sanctuary, said: “Lisa, Grace’s mum, first met the ladies in 2011 and after hearing Grace’s story, they soon became very involved in helping to set up the memory boxes.
“They helped Lisa to find suppliers of items for the boxes and took up the challenge of making the personalised memory blankets.
“Everything in the boxes can be purchased apart from the blankets so they can take up to two weeks to be given to the families.
“The volunteers cut and sew and some just make cups of tea, but all pull together as a team to make the blankets with lots of love and care.”
Grace’s mum Lisa said: “Angel Grace Fund-raising is now in its second year and during its first year, fund-raising efforts and the support of the amazing people of the Fylde coast, managed to raise a staggering £26,000 for a new sensory corridor at Brian House Children’s Hospice.
“Although we fundraise for Angel Grace to keep Grace’s memory alive, the memory boxes are donated under the acronym DREAM - dreaming, remembering every angel’s memories – as we believe it’s important to remember every child who has passed away.”
Hayley added: “If anyone has any time and skills they would like to donate, then please get in touch to join our group. There is no commitment or binding arrangements, just whatever you can offer, whenever you have time.”
For more details, visit www.facebook.com/Angelgrace6 or call Hayley on (01253) 365510.