I honestly can’t remember the last time I won an award, and I’ve certainly never been awarded a big title or ‘Oscar equivalent.’ However, I couldn’t be happier to receive the ‘Fairy of the Year 2016’ award from the Wrap Pyjama Fairies.
I haven’t blogged for a long time due to work commitments taking over, but I have still been sewing quietly behind the scenes to keep up with my hospital gown and pyjama orders for WPJF, as well as designing their digital patterns/templates for fellow fairies to use to ensure we are all consistent with our garments. If you haven’t read any of my previous posts on this amazing charity then here’s my quick summary…
Wrap Pyjama Fairies turned 1 year old this month, and as a charity was set up by Amanda and Chelsea, who are now joined by Kaylz as the leaders, to offer some comfort to children staying in hospital. The charity started out sending garments directly to parents for free, with just a £3 donation towards postage, but now also supply hospitals all over the country. All of the garments have been tested by hospitals and allow for easy access for medical equipment and procedures with poppers and ties. Each pair of PJs/gown is unique and made by the team of fairies out of their own 100% cotton fabric or fabric bought with donations to the charity. You can read all about it on their website but consistent feedback from parents is that these lovingly made bright items make a difference to children who are often anxious about staying in hospital, and being able to pack them in their hospital bag and have a gown/PJs that are their own offers some familiarity in an often alien environment.
To be awarded such an ‘accolade’ in reality means more to me than any ‘big’ award would, for 3 main reasons:
- I am so proud to be a part of this fab charity
- To receive an award from a charity has more value to me than one with lots of monetary value (although I would be suitably impressed with one of those too!)
- There are over 1,000 ‘fairies’ involved in the Wrap Pyjama Fairies now and it was little old me that was voted for by the admins and my fellow sewists and that is the biggest honour I could have
I’m not going to turn this into an acceptance speech as I don’t feel I deserve this award, but I am going to accept graciously and be thankful for the appreciation shown, even if the charity couldn’t do this without every single one of the volunteers, not to mention dedicated admins. My award will take pride of place in the studio when the shelves have gone up! A quote that I saw recently on the WPJF instagram page is perfect to end with ‘you don’t need a reason to help people‘ so let’s pay it forward and do something kind for someone else.