18th Dec, 2017

Dresses to Peru in memory of Evelyn

Leamington Editorial 2nd Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SEWERS have been busy at their machines in memory of a much-missed Warwick youngster.

Coten End Sewing group, which was formed by Helen Smith to give people the chance to do something positive in memory of her daughter Evelyn, has made over 100 dresses and shorts for young girls living in shanty towns in Peru. Popular Coten End Primary pupil Evelyn passed away suddenly last September aged just seven.

Helen has been working with Dress a Girl Around the World UK, and Juany Murphy of the Warwick-based Otra Cosa Network, to ensure that the dresses are delivered safely to girls in need.

Further dresses provided by Dress a Girl Around the World and the Barford Sewing Circle brought the total to be delivered to South America to 230.

Helen said: “Members of the group have enjoyed the opportunity to reach out to the communities in Peru. This very personal link to the Maria del Socoro School, Las Lomas School and the Cerrito de la Virgen Shanty town means group members will be able to share in the joy of these girls receiving their first ever new dress.”

Otra Cosa Network is a small charity run by Warwick couple, Juany and Peter Murphy. They reach out to young people within the shanty towns and highland communities of northern Peru and offer them access to literacy and education programmes.

Mrs Murphy added: “Families reached by our projects are living on less than $1 a day and in many cases have also experienced the loss of a child. These dresses represent the reaching out of motherhood and caring across the world from one school community to another.”

Coten End Sewing group is hoping to make more clothes for volunteers of the Otra Cosa Network to distribute to those in need.

Email cotenendsewing@outlook.com to find out more about the group and to get involved.

Visit www.otracosa.org for more information about Otra Cosa Network.

Coten End Sewing group got busy in memory of Evie. (s)

Barford Sewing group members have been busy. Picture by Jon Mullis 27.014.024.leam.jm3 (www.buyphotos247.com)

All sewn up… dress makers from the Barford Sewing Group, Marilyn Hall, Ann McDermott and Carole Denness. Picture by Jon Mullis 27.014.024.leam.jm1 (www.buyphotos247.com)

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