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The West Sussex Woodturners donate hand crafted items in support of St Barnabas House hospice’s Christmas fairs

The West Sussex Woodturners showed their continued support for St Barnabas House hospice on Sunday when they presented them with a variety of hand turned wooden items for them to sell in their shops and Christmas fairs.

The group made the decision to appoint St Barnabas House as their chosen charity this Christmas, after a recommendation from one of their longstanding members, Rob Inglis, who has supported them for many years.  Each person was asked to turn an item to be donated to St Barnabas House, and the club had an amazing response with over 90 hand turned wooden items being given.

Talking about his involvement, Rob Inglis said “I started to support St Barnabas House after the loss of my eldest son aged 38 and have regularly made items to help them raise essential funds over the past 9 years.  The first thing I made for them was a pirate’s chest so that the names of patients from their old building could come with them to their new premises and this is now buried in their chapel.  This charity does so much amazing work for patients and their families and I could not be prouder that the West Sussex Woodturners have appointed it as their chosen charity.”

WSWT with Jennifer Murrell St Barnabas House

The West Sussex Woodturners meet on the first Sunday of each month and the 100 strong members which include men, women and children from all across Sussex supported the call to action by producing, the items in their individual workshops.  Working in Preston to Angmering, Horsham, Slinfold, Coolham, Smallfield Worthing, Yapton and Durrington, to name but a few, a wide range of items were created, using many different techniques.

A beautiful array of bowls, pens, candlesticks, platters, wooden fruit, light pulls, a solitaire set and a child’s stool were just some of the items given.  All made from a selection of different woods, and finished with natural wax, dyes and specialist paint finishes, many members were keen to donate some of their finest work.

Jennifer Murrell who attended the event on behalf of St Barnabas House said “I was not sure exactly what woodturning was when I was first approached to receive these gifts and was keen to see what we were being given.  The time and effort that has gone into producing this wonderful array of items is amazing and we will be taking them with us to sell at the Christmas events.   To have something hand made by local people that will benefit a local charity is special and the funds raised from their sale will be a huge help.”

Speaking for the club, Ian Rudge the Chairman, said “Our members share a passion for woodturning and frequently work behind the scenes to provide support and assistance to a variety of community projects.  We thought Christmas would be a time when something special and handmade would make more of a difference, and this is the first time that the club has worked together as a whole to support a local charity.  After this amazing success, I am sure we will be doing again!”

If you would like to find out more about the West Sussex Woodturners, please have a look at the website http://www.westsussexwoodturners.co.uk or contact Ian Rudge on wswtchairman@hotmail.com.

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