On Monday 21 February 2019 we enjoyed a really interesting and informative talk by Jane Sloggett who is the North Hants co-ordinator for the Project Linus UK charity. Jane was accompanied by Norma who is the Winchester co-ordinator.
“A quilt is a hug you can keep.“
“It is the mission of Project Linus UK to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort through the donation of NEW, HOMEMADE, WASHABLE BLANKETS and quilts to babies, children and teenagers who are sick, disabled, disadvantaged or distressed.”
Project Linus UK produce quilts for babies, young children and teenagers who are experiencing problems in their lives. Those who are given quilts in hospital are allowed to take the quilt home, it is theirs to keep. Project Linus UK even provide quilts for the siblings of the children in hospital. Last year, in Southampton Hospital alone, 200 quilts per month were given out.
It is not only hospital where the quilts are distributed, for example Linus supply Naomi House and Basingstoke Young Carers as well as many other charities. However they don’t rest on their laurels but are continually looking for new outlets where there is a need.
Norma provided us with suggested dimensions for the quilts and our members then split into groups to discuss designs and patterns for quilts which we could produce to add to those in the Project Linus stock.
Thank you Jane and Norma for talking to us. It is wonderful project and something very close to our hearts. Let's hope we can contribute to this very worthwhile project.