A darn good time with sewing scraps

A love of sewing and love for her husband proved two very good reasons for Judy Webster to blow the dust off her sewing machine today.

She was among 14 volunteers who donated their time, fabric and most importantly their skill during a ‘sewathon’ at Blacktown Hospital.

“My life’s pretty busy but as soon as I heard about this, I knew I wanted to be involved,” Mrs Webster said.

“It was lovely to be there and see my material being used in a very purposeful way.”

The afternoon brought together staff, patients and members of the community to create fiddle mats and gloves for patients with dementia.

The unique tools, which have proven incredibly popular, are a new care initiative introduced by clinical nurse consultant Katie Conciatore.

“They look great because everybody’s expression is different,” Mrs Webster said.

She praised Ms Conciatore and the “marvellous” staff at Blacktown Hospital for their support since her husband’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease early last year.

Mrs Webster said information sessions at the hospital – which were run by Alzheimer’s Australia – helped her make sense of the degenerative condition.

“Previously there was stigma and a lack of understanding,” she said. “It’s good to see more talk and more understanding now.”

Mrs Webster said she also made new friends on the day and she hopes the hospital does it again soon.

  • To help with sewing or donating materials, contact Ms Conciatore on 0427 480 681 or email katie.conciatore@health.nsw.gov.au.
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