Over the weeks and months that I have been preparing for my forthcoming trip to The Gambia there has been one thing in particular which has surprised and amazed me – and that is just how kind and generous many people are.
Since putting out an appeal for aid back in the summer of last year, I’ve been given all sorts of items, from second hand shoes, redundant hospital equipment and pens to teddy bears, football shirts, footballs and toothbrushes.
Then last week I received an email from a lovely colleague at benenden hospital who has very kindly put her newly learnt sewing skills to the test – and has made a bag full of sun dresses, out of old pillowcases, for me to take to children in The Gambia.
When I saw the colourful creations I was truly touched that someone would go to so much trouble to make these for children on another continent, children she doesn’t know and will never meet and yet whom she wants to do something for.
The talented stitcher, Mandy Farris, bought a sewing machine only last summer and saw the pattern in a sewing magazine. On seeing the appeal for items for The Gambia she thought they would be perfect – and they are. Mandy wanted to do something to contribute to our trip as she went on honeymoon to The Gambia 24 years ago and was touched by the people and the poverty.
The dresses are absolutely lovely and I can’t wait to get some lovely pictures of children in the village of Bonsa wearing them, they are going to look delightful.
Thank you Mandy!