Coronavirus: Couple create ‘hugging fit’ to see grandchildren during COVID-19 lockdown

Derrick Santistevan

A couple state they have actually developed a distinct method to securely hug their grandchildren during lockdown.

Laura and Pat Fehilly, from Hythe, Southampton, had actually not seen their eight-month-old granddaughter Peggy for 3 months since of the coronavirus limitations.

Their child, Nicola, in Bristol, was discovering it really hard being far from her family for that long so as soon as the federal government revealed people might drive to other locations within England, the couple began to think of how they might see their granddaughter.

The Fehillys were motivated by this hugging line video

Retired chemical engineer Mr Fehilly, 61, was revealed a video taken in America of a plastic sheet with arms suspended on a cleaning line which permitted people to hug without physically touching.

“I showed him the video and he said, ‘I think I can do something better than that’,” stated Mrs Fehilly, 57, an HR director for a social care business.

” He had some commercial bags lying around and I had some face visors and gloves.

” He made about 3 models till he discovered one that would not let any air in, it was totally sealed. He reviewed it with a great tooth comb looking for any getting away air.

“We tried them on, you lie them on the floor then get in through the bottom without touching the outside then put your hands into the gloves. Our daughter who lives with us thought it was hilarious.”

The couple’s other child in Bristol drove to their home and the strategy was to talk to each other on the driveway, keeping 2 metres apart.

However, to her surprise, when she got to her moms and dads’ house they came out in the fits.

Laura Fehilly was able to hug Peggy, 8 months, through the fit

Mrs Fehilly stated: “She simply kept stating ‘oh my God, I can’t think you have actually done this’. She had a little cry and we hugged.

” Then we got to hug our granddaughter Peggy, she actually liked it, she wasn’t frightened at all.

” I could not hug her for long however since I actually could not breathe. My visor steamed up so I had to hand her over to Pat and open the air at the bottom of the fit.

” When Pat took his fit off, his hair was totally soaked – you can just hug for a couple of seconds prior to it cuts your air off.

“Our daughter later sent us a text message saying, ‘you’ve made our day’ and she was still buzzing.”

The couple chose it was such a success they would have to see their other grandchildren, so completely cleaned up the fits then met them on a beach.

“Our two-year-old grandson was a bit sceptical but we eventually got a hug,” Mrs Fehilly stated.

“Our five-year-old granddaughter absolutely loved it. She was calling it the ‘hugging suit’ and said she wanted glitter on it, so we’re going to have to pimp the suits for next time!”

The couple alerted if anyone is going to attempt to make a comparable fit they ought to not utilize basic plastic bags as they are too thin.

They stated hazardous waste bags that are long lasting and thick, such as garden waste bags, would work, with a plastic visor and gloves.

The couple likewise purchased powdered latex gloves from a food maker to wear inside the outside gloves, and utilized various outside gloves each time.

“The proof for us is that everything steamed up very quickly,” stated Mrs Fehilly.

“Just make sure everything you use is fit for purpose and make sure the tape is completely sealed everywhere – you can test it using a hair dryer.”

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