Julie Isles, who owns Thread Mill sewing studio in Hayfield, and Chapel blogger Lara Mulryan hope that Funderwear can help raise funds and raise awareness for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and its campaign to promote regular screening for the disease strengthen.
On Saturday, September 18, there will be an all-day event at the thread factory where people can stop by, sew underwear from an old T-shirt or shirt and enjoy sisterly solidarity, cakes and a second-hand book sale.
The two hope the idea will hit the sewers across the country, as the world’s biggest coffee morning did for Macmillan in recent years.
Julie, 53, said, “Not only are we trying to accommodate people here, but we’re also trying to involve other local craft businesses and encourage people to host their own gatherings or simply attend from home. We thought knickers and boxers would be a fun way to sew and raise money.
“Lara and I were talking about how we can get people back to craft clubs after Covid and we discovered that September was Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month and then it just snowed. We’ve all had some very dark times, and in dark times a little kindness goes a long way. “
She added, “We will be doing sewing classes here in the mornings and afternoons for a certain number of people, but during the day anyone can come and enjoy the atmosphere.
“We’re going to be sending out a free sample to make the garments at home so people can do it anytime and donate to Jo’s Trust. If you want to hold your own event, we can send you posters. We just ask you to register it so we can keep track of how much we collect. “
Sessions have already been confirmed at Wiseheart & Wild in New Mills and Patchworks and More in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Each of the venues has collected donated clothing for recycling, but attendees can bring their own t-shirts or shirts if they want to use them. They can then either take their underwear home or donate it to a local charity store.
Julie said, “We’ve already booked some people and everyone we speak to loves the idea. The national craft media have so far supported us a lot and we have received a lot of attention on Instagram. “
“We asked the public to donate t-shirts and shirts in good condition. We use and recycle materials to do our bit for the environment and raise as much money as possible. What we are missing most of all now are elastic bands and threads. We hope that one of the local textile companies is ready to make a donation. “
She added, “We’re also looking for companies who might want to help by donating a prize to the raffle or raffle.”
Jo’s Trust is the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity that funds research, services and campaigning for those affected.
In September, it will partner with organizations focused on ovarian, vaginal, vulvar and uterine cancer to reveal the signs, symptoms and support for each diagnosed patient.
Julie said, “Most of our sewing groups are full of women, and it’s a perfect environment to address taboo subjects like this. It’s something that is likely to touch our whole life at some point.
“I think people are a little embarrassed and this has to stop. It is so important to get tested and it only takes a few minutes of discomfort. “
There are around 3,200 new cases of cervical cancer in the UK each year, and next to the HPV vaccine, the greatest protection is screening with swab tests, which prevent 75 percent of cases before they can develop into cancer.
The death rate from cervical cancer has decreased significantly over the past 40 years – nearly 65 percent of people diagnosed now survive ten years or more – and that is most likely due to improved treatment and early detection through the cervical screening program
In the UK, you will be automatically invited for regular cervical screening if you are between 25 and 64 years old and registered as a female with a family doctor.
NHS data suggests that 72.2 percent of eligible women were screened in 2019-20, but utilization is traditionally lower among younger women and increases with age.
Julie said, “I’m 53 and Lara is in her thirties so we’re at an age where having a swab is especially important, but we both know women who developed cancer in their 20s without ever to have taken a test. ” . Younger women just don’t think about it that much.
“So many women we know have postponed their cervical screening, and the cost of it is probably not yet known. I contacted so many people who said they had a personal reason to attend the event.
“Too many of us know the ravages of terminal illnesses to friends and family and the pain of losing loved ones.”
Visit funder-wear.co.uk to find out how you can join the event or attend from home.