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Volunteers make 'Joey pouches' for Australia bushfire crisis

An example of a 'Joey pouch' Credit: Pauline Wills

Businesses, crafting groups and individuals across the East of England are supporting Australia as the bush fire crisis continues, by making pouches to shelter orphaned kangaroos.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

The Australian wildfires are thought to have killed up to a billion creatures, with many left orphaned and badly injured.

At a tailors in Milton Keynes, staff and volunteers are supporting Australia's rescue efforts.

Staff and volunteers have been making Joey Pouches Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Whatever we can do to speed along the process of healing for any of the animals that have been affected, well we've got to just do it."

– Pauline Wills, volunteer
Joey pouches are being made to help orphaned Kangaroos. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The tailors are calling on more volunteers to come to the shop this Sunday (19th January) and help. Bringing their own scissors and spare material where possible.

The Zip Yard, Milton Keynes is helping with the Australia bushfire rescue efforts. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"They don't necessarily have to have sewing skills, they can come along and help, cutting out templates, packing the items, ironing them, making sure they are clean and tidy ready to be dispatched."

– Russell Golding, Owner, The Zip Yard

The action is being co-ordinated by UK Crafters United, and besides businesses like this one, they have also inspired individuals like Mandy Hearty from Dunstable who has been following the group's crochet patterns.

People have been following crochet patterns. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I chose the Joey pouches and the nest because they're quite quick to do, with work, it's easier. It takes you for the small nest, ten minutes to crochet, just ten minutes out of your time to do something that is going to help."

– Mandy Hearty, volunteer
As well as Kangaroos, many Koalas have been badly burned in the fires. Credit: ITV News