Stansted schoolboys learn to sew to beat the coronavirus crisis

PUBLISHED: 15:36 24 April 2020 | UPDATED: 08:37 16 May 2020

Twins Ollie and Leo KIernan have been sewing lavender bags to cheer up people in care homes.

Twins Ollie and Leo KIernan have been sewing lavender bags to cheer up people in care homes.

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Morgan in year 10 has made drawstring bags for nurses to use to put their uniforms straight into the washing machine

Morgan Ingram has sewn drawstring bags to put nurses' uniforms straight into the washing machineMorgan Ingram has sewn drawstring bags to put nurses' uniforms straight into the washing machine

Three boys have developed their sewing skills to help those in need during the pandemic.

Morgan Ingram, a year 10 student at Forest Hall School, has been making drawstring bags for nurses to take their uniforms home in and put straight in the washing machine to avoid spreading the virus.

Morgan’s mum Tanya, said: “I saw an appeal on social media for people who could sew to help make these drawstring bags. So, I started making them and Morgan asked whether he could help.

He studied textiles at school and so knew how to use the sewing machine.”

Students at Forest Hall are being encouraged to not only study English and maths during the school shutdown, but to find creative hobbies they enjoy.

Ollie and Leo Kiernan, Year 8, had been taught to sew at school.

Now, the twins are bringing joy to older people by making lavender bags.

The twins’ mum Lynsey said: “Their great nan is in isolation on her own, so they made lavender bags to send her with letters and photos to cheer her up.

“A friend works at a care home and said they were trying hard to keep residents happy while they are not allowed any visitors.

The children felt it would be a good idea to give them some lavender bags, so they made lots more.

“Both the boys are dyslexic, so following instructions is difficult for them. After learning to sew at school, they got a sewing machine at home and taught themselves how to use it by watching YouTube videos. I am amazed at what they have done.

“The school has been brilliant, calling us to see how the boys are getting on.”

The boys, who have also taught younger sister Kitty to sew, left the bags on the doorstep of Mountfitchet House Care Home and waved at the residents through the window.

The boys have also made dog beds out of old duvet covers they are going to donate to animal charities.

Daisy Morris, care assistant at Mountfitchet House, said: “It was so lovely of Ollie, Leo and Kitty to make the lavender bags and give us some lovely treats.

“It made the residents’ day and ours.”

One resident said: “The lavender bags were beautifully made. They reminded me of when I used to do my sewing. Every time I smell them, it makes me smile.”


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