Sew A Day charity creates hearts for frontline workers
Frontline staff working to help others during the coronavirus lockdown have been sent a special gift by a volunteering charity.
Sewa Day is a charity which works to the principles of Sewa, a universal concept, which involves performing an act of kindness without expectation of reward.
The charity has been active during the coronavirus pandemic, donating food and working with organisations such as Age UK to help involve isolated older people in community activities.
As part of its work, a group of more than 80 people in the Midlands have been working to knit hearts to give to people in hospital who were feeling isolated during the pandemic.
Global lead Deepak Pathak said the charity decided to make a donation to nurses and frontline staff across the region as part of the Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan.
He said: "The nurses gave us a lot of feedback saying how much they loved the hearts and really wanted one for themselves.
"We therefore decided to donate these hearts to hospitals for Raksha Bandhan, a festival where a sister would tie a thread onto her brothers arm as a sign of protection and security."
Sewa Day have travelled around the region handing out hundreds of hearts to staff at hospitals in Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Deepak praised the craft group lead Madhu Basudev for her work in leading the creation and distribution of the hearts and spoke about what it meant to the charity to be able to do this work.
He said: "It's great as it give us a way to connect with people that have given so much back to those in isolation.
"We haven't been able to celebrate the festival as we would have liked this year, but this has helped us keep the spirit alive and show love to those people who have protected others."
To find out more about Sewa Day, go to sewaday.org
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