An incredibly sad post

Dear sewing friends, I have just received some very heartbreaking news… My fellow Great British Sewing Bee Season 3 contestant and friend, the wonderfully talented, full of life, stylish and such an amazing lady, Lorna Monje, is no more. I am incredibly shocked and saddened and I feel the sewing community is now poorer for having lost such an amazing seamstress. We are a very close group, the GBSB 3 alumni, and it was so great seeing Lorna whenever she was available from her travels. Last night we were all united in celebrating Lorna and remembering her on and off the programme.

So I wanted to share some of my memories of her but also help her family raise awareness about the disease that has taken her from us much too soon, Aplastic Anaemia. I must confess I hadn’t heard of it before, but you can read more on the Aplastic Anaemia Trust Foundation website.

Lorna’s family have created a JustGive page in her memory to raise awareness and funds for the Trust. If you want, you can make a small donation, but more importantly, please spread the word and maybe other people can make a difference too, so money can be raised to research a cure, support patients and raise awareness.


Lorna, you will be dearly missed! Hope there are amazing fabric and sewing machines where you are.




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  1. Just watched it here in Brisbane and saw the dedication to Lorna. We loved watching her, she came across as a really lovely person, RIP lovely lady. 😦


  2. My heart is sad!
    The next series of Gbsb has only just aired in Perth, Western Australia – with the first episode tribute to Lorna at the end of the episode! My heart is sad and heavy, what a wonderful lady Lorna was, even through the screen you could see that! I’m sorry you’ve lost a dear friend Alex. X Claire xx


  3. So terribly moved to read of the loss of Lorna an extremely likable lady. I feel so desperately sorry for her family as they were very close. She was a lovely lady and her passing leaves a massive gap in the world.


  4. This afternoon I said goodbye to Lorna, but it was not really a farewell, because she was and is light, it illuminated anywhere trod, it was special and will continue to enlighten from that wonderful place where dwell blue fairy godmothers. Always in my heart and my memory Lorna.

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    1. This is so beautiful Carmen! I saw Annie, our friend from the Bee, yesterday and we were both reminiscing about Lorna and how much we loved knowing her! Only too sorry it wasn’t for longer…


  5. How sad to hear such news watched her in the Sewing Bee and realised she was special. How tragic to have gone so soon


  6. Was so sorry to hear about Lorna. She was so down to earth and fun on GBSB. Thank you for bringing this terrible illness to the attention of many more people, I had vaguely heard of it but had no idea what it was or how deadly. Keep on with the great memories of Lorna! xx


  7. Thank you for the post dedicated to Lorna, Alex. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing…
    I really loved Lorna — loved as a fan of GBSB, that is — for saying that practicing for new challenges was constrained for her by her fabric budget. I do understand that preparing for upcoming episodes is worth the investment in more fabric… but I really loved Lorna’s frugal, down-to-earth approach. Good fabric isn’t cheap, and I appreciated her saying it.


  8. This made me very sad. I didn’t know her personally however, watching her on last years GBSB, she always bought a smile to my face, with her singing and fun spirited antics. It was so obvious that everyone around her thought she was wonderful and she came across as a genuinely lovely person, as did you all… Made me proud to be British, the way you all looked out for each other.
    My thoughts go to her family x


  9. Alex, I am so very sorry to hear about Lorna. Such a terrible loss. I thinking of you all. With much love. X


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