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£219raised of £500 target by 28 supporters

    Weʼve raised £219 to buy Fabric to continue to donate stoma bag covers

    Leeds, UK
    Funded on Sunday, 7th October 2018

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    I make stoma covers for all ages i donate every cover i make for free.

    I want to continue to do this by setting up a gofund me and people donating to help me buy fabric i can contine to make the covers for free and bring joy to others and confidence

    This is all taken from BBC1 News page

    A woman who created her own ostomy bag covers after having bowel surgery has made more than 600 to give to others.

    Kimberley Swales, 44, from Yeadon, West Yorkshire, had an ostomy - where part of the bowel is poked through an opening in the abdomen to remove waste straight into a bag - last year.

    "As soon as I woke up from the operation I thought, I don't want people seeing that," she said.

    "I now want to give other people the confidence that it's given me."

    Mrs Swales, who has five children, has sewn the bags to give out to people with an ostomy since having her operation in December 2017.

    "I know how life-changing having a stoma [the opening in the abdomen wall] can be, and just to know it's made a difference, well that makes me so happy.

    "For a lot of people it is very hard to deal with and if it makes someone smile, then it's good for me."

    A few weeks after her operation she began making a few bags covers from cotton fabric for her own personal use, then started to sell them for £5.99 to cover the cost of the fabric and postage.

    It was her nine-year-old daughter who suggested she make the bags for free, by asking for donations of fabric and distributing them with the help of her stoma nurse.

    So far she has made hundreds of bag covers for patients at St James' Hospital in Leeds, the Children's Hospital at Leeds General Infirmary and for Wheatfields Hospice in the city.

    Mrs Swales has also posted bags to people who have heard about her in the United States and Canada through her Facebook page.

    "I can make 50 in a single day, 20 on others depending on how I feel."

    A stoma is where an opening is made on your abdomen which allows food waste to pass out of the body.

    An ileostomy is a stoma formed by bringing the end or a loop of the small bowel (ileum) out on to the surface of your abdomen, a colostomy is where your colon (large bowel) is brought out.

    The stoma may be temporary (to allow the bowel time to heal) or permanent.

    Mrs Swales had her ostomy procedure after suffering from slow transit constipation since childhood, and was advised to have an ileostomy to improve her quality of life.

    She also had nerve damage in her spinal cord, which can lead to further problems including loss of bowel and bladder control.

    "I had an operation that took five hours where I had my stoma made and a hernia repaired," she said.

    Mrs Swales will soon have a second operation to remove her large bowel, repair four more hernias and create what is knows as a "Barbie Butt", where your colon, rectum and anus are removed.

    "If it takes my mind off my own pain rather than what's going on in my body, it is so worth it," she said.

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    • Kimberley swales5 months ago
      Kimberley swales

      Kimberley swales

      5 months ago

      All money raised is to help buy more fabric so I can continue to make stoma bag covers to donate to hospitals nursing homes and hospices and anyone else who needs them

      Share this update to help us raise more

    • Kimberley swales5 months ago
      Kimberley swales

      Kimberley swales

      5 months ago

      Link to my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ostomycovers1/

      Share this update to help us raise more

    5 months ago

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    28

    • Tracey butters

      Tracey butters

      Sep 18, 2018

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 18, 2018

      hi hun.thanks for help this morning for my cover bags im so excited about reciveing and wearing them ...thank you and let me know when your going to start on the funny adult ones if you decide .

      £10.00

    • Melissa Butters-Sutton

      Melissa Butters-Sutton

      Sep 18, 2018

      what a lovely lady to be giving up her time to do this for others x

      £10.00

    • Lynn Thomas

      Lynn Thomas

      Aug 31, 2018

      Many thanks Kimberley. Lynn x

      £5.00

    • Jean

      Jean

      Aug 29, 2018

      Thank you very much Kim will let you know how I get on regards jean

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 17, 2018

      Well done a fabulous thing you are doing.

      £3.00

    • Jenna Dick

      Jenna Dick

      Aug 16, 2018

      Saw your post on Wetherby Grumbler - it's a lovely thing you're doing. Keep up the good work!

      £10.00

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    Kimberley swales

    Kimberley swales

    Leeds, UK

    I make stoma covers for all ages i donate every cover i make for free. I want to continue to do this by setting up a funding page people donating to help me buy fabric i can contine to make the covers for free and bring joy to others and confidence

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