Using Workaids collection points all over the UK we are able to receive a colossal number of donations all of which with their own unique history. Recently we obtained a donation of a 1925 Singer Sewing Machine from Clare Sykes who was kind enough to tell us a little about the history of this particular machine.

Initially purchased in London by her great aunt Doris Holder who was born in 1906, working from the age of 14 allowed her to save up to buy this machine. After dying in 1978 this treasured machine was passed on to Clare who also inherited her love of needlework and used it to learn dress-making which Clare used in 1984 make her wedding dress. Clare said it was hard to part with this cherished machine but was happy knowing that it is going to a notable cause which was also helped by Clare and her husband’s personal links with Tanzania which made this a perfect match. Also wishing that whoever receives it will be as blessed as she has been in owning it.

Like all donations to Workaid not only are they hugely appreciated but they also always go to good use and sewing machines are certainly not an exception to this.

Recent project feedback has provided Workaid with insight about how individual members of projects have experienced a positive change in their lives and that of their families as a result of using their new skills. For example, Mission Morogoro a charity we have partnered with, working in Tanzania, reported that women are using their new skills to make and sell children’s clothes to supplement their income. Many of whom left education early due to pregnancy which prevented them from returning now have a fresh opportunity to learn important skills that will not only empower them but will help them to generate a sustainable income. Workaid receives a high number of sewing machines every year just like Clare’s, which are renovated and given a new lease of life going on to make a huge difference to the livelihoods of their recipients.

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