The Beach Hotel's Claire Hamilton is calling on charitable sewers to to their bit for injured animals. Picture: Supplied
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SEW WHAT? Beach Hotel does its bit for furry friends injured in bushfires

Merewether’s Beach Hotel will be doing their bit for our furry friends injured in the current bushfire catastrophe this week.

On Tuesday 14 February from 4pm, the venue will play host to a sewing bee intended to make pouches for the critters.

The sewing bee is being organised by venue supervisor Claire Hamilton – a self-confessed animal lover who has been busily collecting materials for the charity sewing circle.

While the venue is already collecting money, via donation tins, for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and animal rescue organisation WIRES, Claire said she was spurred into further action after seeing similar events promoted on social media.

“An organisation called The Australian Rescue Collective Craft Guild (ARCCG) collects pouches for injured wildlife and distributes them to carers and rescue organisations all over the country to wherever they are needed most,” Claire said.

“I can sew, so I had the patterns sent to me by the organisation and am now taking donations of material so we can sew them into rescue pouches.”

Claire added that anyone who knows their way around a needle and thread is welcome to attend the sewing bee revealing that the aim was to create 100 pouches across ten sizes.

She added that donations of materials, clean pillow-cases, sheets, and blankets, which can be dropped off in the collection bins in the cafe area of the venue, were also more than welcome.

“We need donations of clean pillowcases in good condition because they need to be strong enough, and ideally 100% natural fibre as it allows for better airflow and is better for the wounds animals might have than polyester,” she said.

If you’re interested in participating, phone Claire at the venue on 4963 1574.

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