Norfolk church backs Raggedy Doll appeal 

PhilippaHannaRaggedyDolls450International singer songwriter, Philippa Hanna, is helping to champion self-esteem in children through The Raggedy Doll Foundation and with the help of a group of women from Mulbarton Church in South Norfolk. Sandie Shirley reports.

 
The acclaimed Sheffield musician who is touring with 2014 Britain’s Got Talent winners, Collabro, in the new year, took centre stage at Mulbarton Village Hall on November 7 to tell out her restoration story from a broken teenager to a woman of faith with the help of her hit song, ‘Raggedy Doll’.  
 
Clutching a handful of “raggedy dolls” sewn in love by the Norfolk Christian congregation during a church away weekend, Philippa is another step nearer in extending God’s message of love to children in hospices, hospitals and other places of need. 
 
Tania Davies, who helped make some of the dolls, said: “Every stitch was like a stitch of love by the ladies, knowing that these dolls will go to children to give them hope.” 
 
The Raggedy Doll Foundation – a non-profit, community organisation - was launched to promote healthy self-esteem in children of all ages, after Raggedy Doll – was a particular hit with children, explains Philippa. The Foundation encourages the making of hand-sewn dolls during community workshops at churches, schools, clubs and organisations to be given to children with a message of self-worth. 
 
“We want every child to feel valuable and special,” says the international performer, who raised the Mulbarton village hall roof when her melodic medley included the 2010 composition about her beloved raggedy girlhood doll that is a metaphor for God’s love.
 
By bringing people together for just a few hours – during a coffee morning, home group or alternative celebration perhaps – loving communities can encourage children in their worlds, explains Philippa. 
 
For patterns, resources and inspiration for hosting workshops: www.raggedydoll.co.uk

Pictured above is Philippa Hanna in Mulbarton, Norfolk with some of the dolls stitched locally.
 

Network Norwich and Norfolk > Regional News > South Norfolk > Norfolk church backs Hanna's Raggedy Doll appeal

Do you appreciate our service and stories?

The Network Norwich & Norfolk website has been published for over 13 years now and we have an established team of professional journalists covering the activities, organisations and churches which make up the county’s Christian community. Our whole purpose is to support that community by daily providing accurate, unbiased stories and features.

To pay for that service, we rely on our partner organisations, advertisers and readers to, in turn, support us financially. We want to keep the website free for everyone to access and continue to be able to pay for writers to produce the content you can enjoy every day.

We would like to ask you to consider supporting our work and suggest you might want to make a small regular donation of just £1 a week and become one of our 100 Friends, or a larger one-off or annual amount.

Because we are part of a registered charity we can reclaim Gift Aid on your donations if you are a tax-payer.

Click here to fill out a standing order form and to add an extra 25% for free via Gift Aid

Click below to donate instantly via a credit or debit card or Paypal


Site Search

 Norfolk services........ 
Loading...

 Accommodation......... 
Loading...


Twitter-button  facebookbutton

South Norfolk churches directory


 

Sign up for our
free e-newsletter


Send us your latest local news and events