Premi gowns made with love

February 7, 2014

In October last year, Joy Maxwell of Three Creeks Gold Mine asked the Advocate to help her find some volunteers to sew gowns for premature babies.

Local women, Betty Thomas and Lola Miller stepped forward, and between them the three women have produced about 100 gowns.

Joy Maxwell and Betty Thomas
Joy Maxwell and Betty Thomas with some of the clothes they have made for premature babies at Napean hospital.

“Betty has completed 50 premi gowns, an awesome feat,” a delighted Joy said.
“Lola is continuing to sew, and is close to finishing another 50 gowns.”

About six years ago, Joy saw first hand the work done at the Napean Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, when her daughter gave birth to premature twins.

The little boys weighed about a kilogram each, and stayed in the Napean Hospital for 96 days before they were big enough to go home.

The babies were dressed in gowns which had been made by people who donate their time to make the tiny clothes.

“I am very thankful and grateful to Betty and Lola for their time and effort,” Joy said.
“We have worked well together on this project. I am also grateful to Tony for taking the time to come to Betty’s house and take our photo.

“I am sure the N.I.C.U. ward will be very happy to receive them as they are made with love,” Joy said.