Sewing skills used for cause

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Judy Skevington with mini felt gumboots and sheep dog decorations.
Judy Skevington with mini felt gumboots and sheep dog decorations.
Judy Skevington is using her sewing skills for a good cause close to her heart.

She has been making mini gumboot and sheep dog decorations as a fundraiser and awareness initiative for Rural Support Trust Mid Canterbury (RST).

She is manager/rural connector at RST Mid Canterbury and wants people to have easy access to the RST numbers.

Mrs Skevington monitors the free and confidential 0800 phone line (0800 787 254), which is available 24/7. The trust can also be contacted on Messenger through Facebook, and via the RST website.

She answers calls and works with the caller to decide on the best action to take.

"Sometimes that is to refer them to other professional services in the community," she says.

"Often all the person calling needs is for someone to listen so they are able to unload what is going on in their life. This is a free, confidential service."

The felt decorations were an idea adapted from another RST’s crochet gumboots.

Mrs Skevington has attached a business card with the RST contact details to the mini decorations.

She said the dogs, which have a hanging loop or clip option, cost $8, while the gumboots are $6.

They can be hung on office noticeboards, on fridges, cupboard handles or wherever they are easy to see, and find, when needed.

RST offers free and confidential services to people in the rural community and can help in matters arising from climatic, environmental or financial issues to human resources, relationships and personal circumstances, or even if people find themselves in an overwhelming situation.

They are also on hand if people just need to talk or need a sounding board on rural matters.

Mrs Skevington said the felt decorations were a fun way to promote RST and make sure people have access to those details when they need them. She said $5 from every decoration will go to RST Mid Canterbury.

The decorations will be available for purchase at any RST event or by contacting Mrs Skevington directly.

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