Sewing Bees raise £6,000 for Crowborough Hospital

MP presents Constituency Award to group making masks to plug funding gap.

A Crowborough sewing group which has so far raised more than £6,000 for the Friends of Crowborough Hospital by manufacturing and selling face masks, has been presented by with a special Constituency Award by Wealden MP Nus Ghani.

Sewing Crow-Bees, led by Alison Cousins, swung into action upon learning that the annual Crowborough Hospital Fete could not go ahead this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They were determined to do as much as possible to make up for the Friends’ loss of income and the amount raised represents an extraordinary effort.

Nus & Crow-Bees
Wealden MP Nus Ghani (centre) with (left to right): Sewing Crow-Bees leader Alison Cousins; Friends of Crowborough Hospital Treasurer, Terry Moon; Friends’ Chairman Chantal Wilson; and Sewing Crow-Bees member Maisie Jones.

The Friends are delighted that the Sewing Crow-Bees have been recognised for their amazing voluntary effort. Nus Ghani made the presentation on Chapel Green on Friday (31st July) with appropriate physical distancing measures in place.

Nus Ghani told the group that the Wealden constituency was giving only 100 Covid-19 awards across all 110,000 people living in the constituency and said the Sewing Crow-Bees were consistently the most nominated group. She congratulated them on being very worthy award winners.

Chairman of the Friends of Crowborough Hospital, Chantal Wilson, said: “The Sewing Crow-Bees have done a marvellous job keeping Crowborough supplied with face masks and at the same time raising a huge amount of money for the Friends of Crowborough Hospital.“There has never been a better time to support our wonderful hospital. The award is extremely well deserved and the Friends are so pleased that this voluntary group has been given this recognition. Thank you Sewing Crow-Bees!”

The lead picture shows the Sewing Crow-Bees members gathering on Crowborough’s Chapel Green with Terry Moon and Chantal Wilson for the presentation ceremony.