Heather Fisher with the Women's Institute Avis Rishworth
Innovation Award at her Mosgiel home. Photo by Linda
When you have a talent, best to share it.
Heather Fisher found her talent in crafts many years ago, and
has been sharing ever since.
She joined the Women's Institute in Middlemarch when she was
a teenager and used to offer her knitting to friends and
If her friends thought her generous then, they would have far
more to say now.
Ms Fisher has been running her Mosgiel home like a small
factory, sewing together small cloth bags and filling them
with eight toiletry items.
So far, she has made more than 1060 toiletry bags.
But instead of selling them, she has donated the bags to
She has kindled her talent and hobby for 53 years with
friends at the Women's Institute.
In recognition of her generous nature, last week Green Island
Women's Institute awarded Ms Fisher the Avis Rishworth Trophy
Ms Fisher said her donation to the hospital was a simple
solution to one of life's irritating problems.
''You don't realise how important your toiletries bag is when
you go to hospital,'' she said.
Soap, shampoo, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a comb, tissues, a
notebook, and a pen are all placed by Ms Fisher in the free
bags for patients, along with a small note.
Even though many of the patients who received the free bags
have sent thank-you notes to Ms Fisher, she has remained
''One came from a woman in America,'' Ms Fisher said.
''She's written all the way from overseas. It's just
incredible, really it is, what people do.''
- Robert Steven