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A little bit behind the curve, Bath WI is now cheerfully joining in with the Marie Masters Challenge.

Pillows and bags made by Leigh-on-Mendip WI

Heart pillows and bags made by Leigh-on-Mendip WI

Marie Masters is the former Vice Chairman of Somerset Federation. At the Somerset Annual Meeting last autumn, Marie Masters set the Somerset Federation the task of making heart shaped pillows and shoulder bags for people recovering from breast cancer surgery. Since then, a whole host of WIs in Somerset have been busily working away, providing heart cushions and bags for patients in Yeovil, Taunton and Bath.

The heart-shaped cushions are placed in the armpit next to surgery wounds, for comfort, while the bags are used to carry patients’ drug drivers, leaving the hands free. They are a great way to provide a little bit of practical comfort to cancer patients.

Alison is leading the drive within the Bath WI. She brought a very pretty example of the pillow and bag along to the June meeting. Since then, she has kindly tracked down the pattern for us (see PDF links below) and has also volunteered to collect up any pillows and bags made by our members and deliver them to the Breast Cancer Unit at the RUH in Bath. The hospital are very keen to receive more of them – every patient could happily use one, and they are never reused for more than one patient, so there is a constant need.

The pattern is straightforward to follow and is ideal for using up short lengths of fabric (I’m sure lots of you have got a drawer-full of lovely fabric off-cuts just waiting for a good use!). There are two A4 pattern sheets, that you can access by following the two PDF links below:

» Heart pillow pattern
» Shoulder bag pattern

If you’d like to get involved, do get in touch, or just bring your creations along to the one of our monthly meetings, where Alison will be collecting them up.