QMU costume students help create medical bags and pillows for cancer patients

By Press Office

Students from QMU’s Costume Design and Construction degree volunteered their skills at a Marks and Spencer’s charity event which helps people recovering from cancer treatment.

Second-year students Amy Mccue and Amy Millar put their design and sewing skills to good use by creating special pillows for mastectomy patients and syringe driver bags for cancer patients.

The M&S charity called ‘Spark Something Good’ helps raise awareness of voluntary organisations around the UK and looks at what they need to help them deliver services to their communities. ‘Spark Something Good’ put a call out to encourage volunteers to help the local charity ‘Making for Charity’ create enough pillows and bags to meet their target of 50. The syringe driver bags, which were constructed using fabric from M&S, are known to make a real difference to the lives of people with cancer. The finished bags will be donated to local hospitals and hospices.

Amy Mccue said: “We spent the day volunteering at the event and we both made five syringe driver bags each, as well as helping to stuff and sew up the pillows. We were really delighted that, with everyone’s help, the charity totally smashed their target. The volunteers created 280 bags by the time we left. It was an experience that we both thoroughly enjoyed and we were really delighted to help. Hopefully these pretty hand-made bags will go some way to lifting people’s spirits.”

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