Hedge End sewing project raises money for local charities

Two friends began a local community sewing project with the sole aim of raising money for charity.

The Yarn Bomb installation on Hedge End’s bandstand

Hedge End Community Sewing Project has celebrated its first anniversary installing a ‘Yarn Bomb’ in Hedge End as a thank you to the community that supported them over the year. The theme of the installation is a Summer Meadow and involves covering the bandstand in the town centre with decorative crotcheted material, as a form of street art.

The project-run by friends Roberta Buhagiar and Dee O’Neill – began by sewing face coverings for the local community at the start of lockdown, with any donations going to charity.

Roberta Buhagiar and Dee O’Neill began by sewing face coverings for the local community.

The project quickly evolved and people began to ask for a range of items to be sewn. The project now has an extensive offering of handcrafted practical and pretty gifts made from a range of fabrics for all the family, including the pets.

In the last six months the project has raised £6,000 for Naomi House, while also helping to support and donate to a number of other local causes, ranging from homeless and children appeals, animal shelters to the local food bank.

This year the keen stitchers chose to raise funds for Wildern Opportunity Group, a small charity based in Hedge End that helps local children with special needs and their families.

Detail from the bandstand Yarn Bomb installation

The ethos of the project is very much around reusing and repurposing fabrics which are donated to avoid them ending in landfill.

“We get a warm feeling knowing that the money we raise is having an impact on the lives of such special children and their families. We appreciate the enormous challenge charities have faced over the last year in raising funds so we are delighted to be able to support them financially in our small way” said Dr Roberta Buhagiar

For further information contact hedgeendcommunitysewingproject@gmail.com