Have a heart for Hospice!

24th January 2013

Year 9 JCG students have been turning their creative skills into charitable donations by designing and creating fabric hanging hearts for Jersey Hospice Care. 60 have already been made and more are now being produced in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.

Carefully embroidered, embellished with designs, buttons and sequins and finished with lace, each heart is a labour of love, made both in lessons and as part of the students’ homework.

The hearts cost £10 each and are being sold in various outlets including the Hospice shops, Clarkson House, Coco Rico, Pure Charity and from the textile department at JCG. A heart picked at random and posted to you is also available online at www.jerseyhospicecare.com/haveaheart.

The ‘Have a heart for Hospice!’ project is inspired by a local designer Beverley Speck and JCG textile teacher, Rachel Concannon who have been working with the youngsters over the past five weeks. Beverley said: “It has been a pleasure to work and share my skills with the girls at JCG on their ‘Have a heart for Hospice’ project. They’ve all worked hard to produce some excellent designs and executed a very high skill level. The hearts they’ve created are beautiful; every home should have one! Through their keen support for this project, they have been a credit to their school and textile department.”

 Heart-making workshops are being held at JCG for anyone interested in following in the girls’ footsteps and donating their creations to be sold for the charity which provides specialist palliative care for people with cancer and motor neurone disease.

People can take part in the two hour sessions on Thursday 31 January, 4-6pm and Saturday 2 February, 10am-12pm in return for a donation.. To register for these, visit www.jerseyhospicecare.com/haveaheart and more details will be provided. Places are limited and people will need to bring a few resources with them: 2 pieces of fabric no bigger than 10 x 10 inch each – for the front and back of your heart (old shirts or jumpers are great!); a few pins; a small needle; some ordinary sewing thread; pair of scissors sharp enough to cut your fabric; a length of thick string/ribbon/braid/twine or something similar that you can use to hang your heart – approx 16 inch; Pencil and paper. Optional items you might want to bring along too if you have them; buttons/hand embroidery thread etc. We will provide you with stuffing and refreshments to keep you going

Jersey Hospice Care patients and staff will also be making hearts to sell to islanders. The charity’s Fundraising manager Lynsey Beahan said: “The hearts the girls have made are gorgeous and some have been done with so much thought. It’s very exciting – things like this are really popular at the moment and I can’t wait to get making mine! We’d really love as many as possible to get involved in this and spread the hearts across the island – they make great gifts for special people this Valentine’s Day.

If anyone would like some hearts to sell in their workplace, please contact the Hospice Fundraising team on 510349 or email [email protected]

Further information is also available from Rachel Concannon at JCG ([email protected]) on telephone 516200.