Material Girls get creative with charity decorations

Members of the Material Girls embroidery group with decorations they made for The Rowans
Members of the Material Girls embroidery group with decorations they made for The Rowans
From left, Paul Stanley, Jo Crisp, George Heasman, Mercedes Bevan, Luke Galea and Bethany Bevan from Highbury College

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A GROUP of embroidery and textile enthusiasts have taken great pride in donating a collection of handmade Christmas gifts and decorations they have been working on throughout the year to a hospice.

From knitted elves and snowmen, to tree decorations and quilted nativity scenes, the members of Portsmouth embroidery group Material Girls have donated a festive haul of work worth more than £1,200 to The Rowans Hospice.

The group, which has a membership of 50 and meets on the last Thursday of every month at the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea, alternates a programme of meetings between guest speakers and project evenings where members work together on a common theme for a local charity.

Group leader Pam Lander-Brinkley said: ‘Last year we donated a collection of over 100 handmade bags to be sold by the Rocky Appeal at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

‘It was such a success we decided to offer our support to another charity this year.

‘The vast majority of embroiderers love Christmas because there is so much beautiful fabric and materials available for the festive season.

‘We chose the theme of Christmas decorations and toys so people could do whatever they wanted and everyone was unanimous in wanting to support the incredible work carried out by The Rowans Hospice.’

The group presented their work to The Rowans Hospice ambassador Penny Taw who was overwhelmed by the amount of work and gave thanks on behalf of the charity. ‘It is such a wonderful collection’, she said.

‘We are very grateful for the thought, time and effort Material Girls have taken.

‘We will be taking it to our Christmas fair initially and then anything left will go to our retail outlets.’

Material Girls had a visit from the winner of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, Matt Chapple earlier this year.

Pam added: ‘We are very much looking forward to another exciting programme of talks and activities in 2017.’

Go to facebook.com/MaterialGirlsPortsmouth.