SEDGEMOOR NEWS: Inner Wheel members make cushions for breast cancer patients

SEDGEMOOR NEWS: Inner Wheel members make cushions for breast cancer patients

A GROUP of women are celebrating after sewing special cushions for 1,000 breast cancer patients.

The Inner Wheel Club of Sedgemoor joined the Breast Care Cushions initiative, which was started by a Glastonbury member in 2008 after her own breast cancer operation.

It is estimated that the Sedgemoor-based group has spent hundreds of hours making the cushions out of donated duchess silk, stuffing and ribbons.

The cushions - which ease, support and protect the chest and arm area after surgery - are distributed to patients at Yeovil District Hospital.

Each is designed with a strap, which goes over the shoulder, so that the cushion can be kept securely in place and prevents painful rubbing and damage to the operated area.

The initiative has also received the support of companies, which donate materials, including Lisa’s Haberdashery in Bridgwater, Glover Bros in Bishops Lydeard, Sassi Holford Bridal Wear and Lakeland in Taunton, and Pritex Ltd in Wellington.

Each patient receives a cushion with a card and the sponsors’ names.

Sedgemoor Inner Wheel Club member Dot Christian said: “When we first started we were quite amateurish, we spent a lot of money on the materials, and were slow.

“We now have quite a slick set up where we collect donated materials, iron the crumpled silk, and use a template. Our record for most cushions sewn in a session is 50.

“Breast cancer is devastating to so many women’s lives, and these cushions can provide a little physical comfort after the operation. It is also important to show women that there are others who are thinking of them at this most difficult of times.”

Sedgemoor Inner Wheel Club president Ginny Hill added: “We are so grateful for all the support we have had for this initiative from our volunteers and from our corporate sponsors.”

PHOTO: Pictured (seated from left) are Andrew Stenning (from sponsor Pritex Ltd), Inner Wheel Club of Sedgemoor members president Ginny Hill and Dot Christian; with (from left) club members Mary Solomon, Pat Hayhurst, nurses from the Breast Cancer Care Unit of Yeovil District Hospital Kate Hewlett and Nia Dobner, Sally Petrich (of sponsor from Lakeland), and club members Marsha Casely, Barbara Neale, and Lindy Butterworth.