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Dalkeith Gardens’ resident sews much-needed pouches for wildlife

14th February 2020

With over 1 billion animals injured in the Australian bushfires, Benetas resident and Traralgon local Bev Henry, is making a difference one stitch at a time.

Dalkeith Gardens’ resident, Bev Henry, has dedicated the last two weeks to sewing much-needed pouches for injured wildlife in Gippsland East.

Living in Gippsland for over 55 years, Bev said she was deeply saddened by the impact of bushfires and wanted to lend her hand and help.

“Sewing pouches is something I can do to help out in a small way,” Bev said.

“My hands still work, so I thought I’d put them to good use.”

Since the fires escalated in Gippsland, Bev spent four hours a day crafting over 25 animal pouches that range from bat wraps through to tailored pouches for sugar gliders, ringtails, koalas and bush-tail possums.

Katrina Studd, Residential Manager at Dalkeith Gardens, said this had been no small feat for Bev who at 74 years of age has rheumatoid arthritis.

“In all honesty, she’s been incredibly motivated sewing each and every day despite her arthritis,” Ms Studd said.

“Many members of our team and community have been impacted in the fires. It’s great to know that in crisis we come together and rally behind one another, despite age or restrictions. Even if that’s with a possum pouch!”

Dalkeith Gardens will take the wildlife pouches to the local vet this week, where they will be distributed to local animal relief.