The Hedge End sewing project raises funds for local charities

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

The Yarn Bomb installation on the Hedge End Bandstand

Hedge End Community Sewing Project celebrated its one year anniversary by installing a ‘Yarn Bomb’ in Hedge End as a thank you to the community who have supported it over the year. The theme of the installation is a summer meadow and involves covering the downtown bandstand with crocheted decorative material, as a form of street art.

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

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

The project quickly evolved and people started asking for a range of sewing items. The project now has a huge offering of practical and pretty handcrafted gifts from a range of fabrics for the whole family, including pets.

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

This year the passionate embroiderers have chosen to raise money for Wildern Opportunity Group, a small charity based in Hedge End which helps local children with special needs and their families.

Bandstand Yarn Bomb installation detail

The philosophy of the project is basically to reuse and reuse the fabrics that are donated to prevent them from ending up in the landfill.

“We have a warm feeling knowing that the money we raise impacts the lives of such special children and their families. We appreciate the huge challenge charities have faced over the past year raising funds, so we are delighted to be able to support them financially on our small scale,” said Dr Roberta Buhagiar.

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