Merriwa: North Coastal Women’s Shed volunteers helping Angel WA Sisters


Lyn Haast (Butler) and Elaine Ballard (Quinns Rocks) from North Coastal Women’s Shed. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Lyn Haast (Butler) and Elaine Ballard (Quinns Rocks) from North Coastal Women’s Shed. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A GROUP of women in Merriwa are busily working to support grieving families, but more help is needed.

North Coastal Women’s Shed volunteers spend two days a week creating burial gowns and suits for stillborn babies made from donated wedding dresses through charity Angel WA Sisters.

Quinns Rocks resident Elaine Ballard was already volunteering for the charity when she met shed treasurer Lyn Haast, of Butler, who was eager for members to get involved.

Ms Ballard said a team of about 10 helpers had spent the past several months creating the gowns but more volunteers were needed.

“The more people we’ve got, the more we can do,” she said.

“There are always gowns waiting to be done.”

She said it felt good to be able to help grieving parents in some small way.

“They’re going through a hard enough time as it is and to know they have something beautiful to have them in for the funeral is one less thing to worry about,” she said.

“They know other people are thinking about them.”

The project has a personal connection for Ms Haast, who has suffered a miscarriage.

“It would have been nice to have one of these gowns around,” she said.

“It’s good to give back to people in need at the time.”

Gowns are worked on at Jenolan Way Community Centre in Merriwa on Mondays and Thursdays until 2pm.

Volunteers can contribute any amount of time and no sewing experience is needed.

Call 0430 647 071 or email info@ncws.org.au.

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