Surrey Jewellery School at Style Me in Seconds

On Saturday, students from the Surrey Jewellery School limbered up their hands ready for a marathon jewellery making session in aid of the hospices.

School owner, Julie Holt, has supported the Hospices previously by collecting beads that are donated by supporters but are not saleable and reworking them to create beautiful items that can be displayed and sold in the shops.  They ensure all jewellery is as good as new and hygienic, with new components such as ear wires incorporated into all designs.

The 11 strong working party was comprised of school students who have a passion for creative bead work and wanted to use their talents to support the charity. The met together for a day of making and socialising under a gazebo in the open air. The fruit of their labour will soon be available to purchase from the shops.

Personal experience of the hospice has made Julie even more determined to use her gift to bring revenue into the shops. She explains.

“I’d supported the hospices for a while but it wasn’t until my Step-Father was cared for by Woking Hospice that I realised quite what an amazing organisation they are. They looked after the whole family, especially my Mother who was very distressed by it all and experiencing frequent anxiety attacks. There was simply no comparison to the hospital; his diagnosis always had been terminal: he needed end-of-life care but the hospital tried to continue to treat him which was stressful for everyone. The hospices gave the care and support he really needed, right from his initial diagnosis and I couldn’t have been more thankful that this was where he spent his last days. I am excited about the partnership with the hospices and hope that it develops and expands in the future.”

Julie Holt’s Jewellery School is based at the Mayford Centre in Woking. Julie and other members of the school will be demonstrating how to make simple jewellery to compliment outfits pieced together from charity shop clothes during Style Me in Seconds on August 19th & 20th. Come and meet them at the hospice gazebo in Mercia Walk (opposite Starbucks) between 9.30am – 5.30pm. Items that they have created will be on sale in the shop; to see photos of some of the creations, visit our facebook page.

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