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Otley students donate handmade bags to palliative care patients at Leeds hospitals

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Students from Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley have been sewing syringe driver bags in their Design and Technology lessons, which are then donated to the Palliative Care Team at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Syringe Drivers are most frequently used in pain management for palliative care, particularly cancer care. They are small portable battery powered machines, usually about the size of a pencil case, which administer a continuous dose of painkiller or other medication by subcutaneous infusion i.e. below the skin.

The bags give patients a way to carry the syringes discreetly. The students have also labelled each bag with an inspirational message for the patient, such as ”The human spirit is stronger that what can happen to it. Good luck on your journey”. The fabric for the bags has been generously donated by Lee Fisher at Interior Goods in Wakefield.

Gina Williams, Area Leader for Textiles at Prince Henry’s Grammar School said: “We try and give our students the opportunity to use their skills for something which is useful in the real world and this project has really caught their imagination. As soon as we were contacted by Julie from Making for Charity and the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, we knew that this was a fantastic project to be part of.”

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Denise Kay, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist said: “I would like to express to the pupils who made these bags what a huge impact their efforts have made to maintain the independence for palliative patients needing a syringe driver.

“These bags are in short supply, so if any other sewers would like to donate and make bags it would be fantastic. The template for the syringe driver bags is available at and they can be sent to us at the Palliative Care Team at St James’s Hospital. Thank you Year 9, you are all stars!”

The full address to send the bags to is: Palliative care offices, First floor, The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, St. James's University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF