Homemade bags help towards Rocky appeal target

The Material Girls group
The Material Girls group
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A women’s craft group is hosting its fourth event tomorrow to help the Rocky Appeal.

Members of the Material Girls group will be meeting at Make and The Craft Kitchen, in Cornwall Road, Fratton, to create a range of homemade bags for the charity.

Group founder Pam Lander Brinkley said: ‘The response and effort people have made to help has surpassed all expectation.

‘Our collection of bags stands at more than 50 and more and more are coming in each month.

‘All of the bags have been beautifully crafted with some having wonderfully elaborate designs.

‘We hope that they will be a great Christmas gift for someone.’

The idea of the Project Evenings is so people can work together, share knowledge and experience, and be inspired by other people’s work.

‘If people know what they want to do, they can bring their materials and kit, but for those less sure, we will have patterns, ideas and people to give advice and support,’ added Pam.

The Rocky Appeal aims to relieve sickness by the development, improvement and maintenance of clinical services provided by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

It hopes to raise £2.4m to pay for a Da Vinci surgical robot at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

All the money raised from the sale of the bags created at the Material Girls meeting will go towards paying for the equipment, which is already in use at the hospital.

The meeting will start at 7pm. For full details on the group and its meetings visit Facebook.com/MaterialGirlsPortsmouth.