Members of SI Hallamshire have for many years now made quilts, bootees and hats for the baby unit at Sheffield Children’s hospital. During lockdown our members have been busy putting their skills to good use sewing baby quilts and knitting and crocheting baby hats and bootees. These items are given to babies on their arrival at the unit and when the babies go home they take the items with them. The new mothers appreciate the beautifully made, colourful items that their babies are given We are pleased that we have been able to use the extra time available in lockdown to continue this important aspect of our programme action programme.
Members of SI Hallamshire have been busy making and decorating hats hats using recycled materials. Earlier in July we should have attended the Yorkshire Garden Party at Newby Hall. Yorkshire President Rita had asked all members to wear a hat featuring recycled materials. Due to Covid-19, the garden party has been postponed until 2021. However, members have been asked to make hats and take photographs for inclusion on SI Yorkshire website. SI Hallamshire President invited members of the club for a socially distanced coffee morning in her garden, wearing their recycled hats, of course! The photos illustrate the imagination and artistic skill of our members! A bit of fun and a chance to catch up with our friends in SI Hallamshire.
Candles in the windows of members’ homes Tuesday was International Nurses Day, held on the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. Members of SI Hallamshire lit candles at 8.30pm on Tuesday May 12th and placed them in their windows to pay tribute to nurses working through the coronavirus pandemic. Nursing leaders had asked the public to ‘shine a light’ to mark the the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and to show our appreciation for all that nurses are doing at the present time. Florence Nightingale founded modern nursing and pioneered infection control.
One of our members, Pamela Goff has been involved in the production of a new booklet to help people exercise at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The booklet has been produced by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise medicine and Sheffield Hallam University. Pamela was initially asked to review a draft of the booklet and then subsequently to make a recording of herself doing the exercises. The recording was used on Radio Sheffield’s Breakfast programme this week and Pamela was interviewed by Toby Foster about her involvement. The booklet is available to download at www.movemoresheffield.com
Today we held our normal monthly social meeting. We held a beetle drive but with a difference! Eleven members joined us on Zoom. We had fun and kept in touch. We hope more members will have mastered the technology next month and will be able to join us.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we were unable to meet in person for our AGM, so we held our meeting by Zoom. Despite the unfamiliarity of the technology, two thirds of our members managed to join the meeting. One of our members took this photo of her screen during the meeting. Outgoing President Sue handed over the President’s chain to incoming President Sandra virtually. We hope it will not be too long before we can meet in person.
Cheque Handover President Sue Smith presented Sue Coggins from the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind with a cheque for £2361 when we visited their headquarters recently. SRSB was our President’s charity in 2018. After the presentation we were told about the work of SRSB and shown around their premises. We then had a cookery skills demonstration and a light supper featuring the dishes which had been prepared by the chef at SRSB. What a wonderful evening!
New President. Sue Smith became our president for 2019 at our recent AGM. Our outgoing president Angela Karck presented her with the Chain of Office. We send Sue our best wished for a successful presidential year.
Club members spent this morning packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and filling welcome bags to give to our friendship club, SI Sutton Coldfield, for the MEENA Project (part of their Programme Action). The photograph shows the fruit of their labours with the bags & boxes ready for delivery.
Many congratulations to Anthea and Brian who raised £988 for our President’s charity, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, when they took part in the Blind Driving Day.