PREMMIE PILLOWS: The ladies of Toowoomba’s Inner Wheel club have been busy sewing pillows for premmie babies in the Toowoomba Hospital Special Care Nursery. Mum Emma O’Brien (front) with her son Levi Garner who was born prematurely.
PREMMIE PILLOWS: The ladies of Toowoomba’s Inner Wheel club have been busy sewing pillows for premmie babies in the Toowoomba Hospital Special Care Nursery. Mum Emma O’Brien (front) with her son Levi Garner who was born prematurely. CONTRIBUTED

Dedicated group sews pillows for tiny babies

FOR THE past five years a group of dedicated ladies have volunteered their time to helping premature babies.

In that time the members of Toowoomba's Inner Wheel club have made about 1500 pillows for the babies being cared for in Toowoomba Hospital's Special Care Nursery.

Member and project co-ordinator Desley Banks said the club enjoyed making the pillows which were made in the shape of a peanut and used to help support a baby's head or torso.

"We fundraise to purchase the materials for the pillows which are 100% cotton and non-allergenic," she said.

"All of the ladies who sew for us do so on a voluntary basis and we all get a great deal of satisfaction knowing that we're helping these tiny little patients."

Inner Wheel is one of the largest women's service organisations and President Joan Kennedy said the group was like a family.

"Some of our members have been in the club since its beginning nearly 30 years ago," she said.

"Our oldest member is 91 and our youngest is in her mid-thirties.

"Making and donating these pillows to the beautiful little premmie babies is the perfect way to demonstrate the values of our club and we're honoured to know that we're helping not only these special bubs but their families also.

"Being able to visit the Special Care Nursery and see our pillows being used by the premmie bubs was a real treat."

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Community Engagement and Events manager Tammy Wilson said the foundation was very grateful to the ladies of Inner Wheel for their ongoing support and generous donations.

Inner Wheel is linked to Rotary clubs with around 4000 members in the country. Their aim is to promote friendship, fun, guest speakers, outings, service and fundraising.



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