20th Jul, 2017

Volunteers turn pillowcases into dresses for girls in Ghana

CARING crafters in Stratford have found a unusual way to recycle pillowcases.

Craft group Neighbours & Needles are making dresses from old pillowcases for schoolgirls in Ghana.

Their efforts will be donated to charity Compassion Direct UK whose latest project is to renovate a rural primary school in Ashanti in the West African country.

The crafters saw photos of the school on Facebook and decided to put their sewing skills and old bed linen to good use.

Rosalind Grant from CDUK said the organisation encouraged supporters to fundraise in environmentally-friendly ways but the group’s innovative contribution was a first.

She said: “They have to be seen to be believed. The dresses are delightful – perfect to wear in a hot climate and so pretty.

“CDUK are always looking for ways that people can donate to our projects by making and selling recycled items, and if anyone else has a bright idea like this please get in touch.”

The charity relies entirely on volunteers and fundraising, to help to families in need in shanty towns, rural mountain schools and refugee camps.