Embroidered pillowcases lovingly machine stitched and donated to St Stephen’s Hospital are brightening the lives of young patients.
General Manager Amanda Cruwys said members of the Sew and Sews group delivered 10 beautifully embroidered pillowcases last week for children in hospital.
“The group’s kind donation has already helped the children to feel more comfortable. Two pillowcases were given out on the day they arrived,” Ms Cruwys said.
“The children are in unfamiliar surroundings so these colourful pillowcases have helped them feel more relaxed, which reduces anxiety and helps improve their well-being.
“St Stephen’s is delighted to receive these donations and we thank their ladies for their generosity. The children and their parents were really excited to receive them.”
Sew and Sews spokesperson Gwen Trost said group members were inspired to create the pillowcases after hearing about other groups making similar donations in Brisbane.
“We thought we’d get on-board and do it for our local hospital and maybe cheer up some children here.
“The ladies from Hervey Bay and Maryborough made the pillowcases individually at home then brought them to a centre point for collection and donation.”
St Stephen’s is Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital and is home to some of the Fraser Coast’s leading specialists in areas such as gynaecology, urology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and general surgery.
The not-for-profit organisation is owned by the Uniting Church and is a member of UnitingCare Health, which includes The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane and The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital in Buderim.
St Stephen’s Hospital Chaplain Sandra Keay (right) thanks Sew and Sews’ Gwen Trost for the group’s donation of 10 machine embroidered pillowcases.