The Sewing Sanctuary, Thornton, hosted a Dress a Boy Around the World event when anyone who wanted to have a go a making a pair of shorts for a little boy in the impoverished world was invited to pop in during the day.
Elizabeth Gomm went along to tell them about our family and to say thank you for the 20 pairs of shorts that will go to our children. We have already received beautiful dresses from their Dress A Girl event in February.
We are limited to the amount we can take, but are so grateful to everyone who gave up their free time to go along and know that the lovely items they made will bring joy to every needy child who receives them.
It was a lovely, friendly event for all ages with Jessica Woolley providing tuition for absolute beginners - including Phil Wolstencroft and Sean Holman who were delighted with their finished results.
Sean's daughter, Megan Holman, 12, a pupil at St Mary's School, is junior ambassador for the Sewing Sanctuary and she made three pairs of shorts during the day and little Emma O'Donnell, there with her mum Joanne, also had fun modelling the shorts they made!
Andrea Manders, who is in Natasha's family, is a keen needlewoman and was happy to give assistance where it was needed.
Enthusiastic owner of the Sewing Sanctuary and Grace & Favour fabric shop, both at Marsh Mill Village, Caroline Bramhall, who does much forlocal charities, is now hoping to do more for our Happy House family by fundraising and raising awareness, too.
Thank you Caroline for your kindness to our kids.
Masonic Giving Day
The event was attended by representatives of the 27 lodges in the group, plus guests, and representatives of some of the 38 charities who had received donations from them.
The Giving Day was to celebrate the huge contribution made to local charities by the Masons which totalled more than £31,000 in the last year and to give the charities an opportunity to showcase their causes.
The Happy House was delighted to have received £250 from Normoss Round Table Lodge in March.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre , Councillor John Hodgkinson and his wife, Linda, visited every charity stand to hear about their work, and were very touched by the magic worked on our family by Mama and the Happy House..
"It was a wonderful event ," said Elizabeth "the Masons do so much for charities. It was a privilege to be there and to be able to tell such an interested audience a little about our family.
"It was also a chance to say a personal thank you from the Happy House to Normoss Round Table Lodge and to make other Lodges aware of our charity, which is entirely funded by the generosity of others,."
*Elizabeth is pictured with Peter Gunn of immediate past Worshipful Master of Normoss Round Table Lodge and his wife, Joanne.