Watton exhibition displays comforting quilts for children in need
11:16 14 May 2014
© Archant Norfolk 2014
“A quilt is a hug you can keep” is their motto.
And a group of volunteers in Norfolk who have made over 4000 “hugs” for sick, bereaved or traumatised children in the county are appealing for more clever crafters to help meet an ever-growing demand for the colourful comfort blankets.
Members of Project Linus Norfolk are holding an exhibition this weekend in Watton to raise awareness of the project and try and encourage donations of quilts or materials for them to make them.
Led by Jane Lond-Caulk, Susan Walker and Suzanna Wright with the help and support of some of the members of Hackers, Tackers & Stuffers quilt group in Watton, the team gives quilts that have been made by themselves, or donated to them, to seriously ill, bereaved or traumatised children, from premature birth to 19 years old in Norfolk.
Quilts are given to children via Nelson’s Journey, the charity supporting bereaved children, the children’s wards and neonatal wards at the three main hospitals in Norwich, King’s Lynn and Gorleston, the Haven Project supporting women and their children fleeing domestic abuse, for foster placement and from individual requests.
Each child is given a quilt to keep by the organisation caring for them.
Mrs Lond-Caulk said demand was now outstripping supply. “Three new organisations have requested quilts, as well as trying to fulfil increased demand from Nelson’s Journey, as their charity expands,” she said. “Also in some of the hospitals, we are now trying to provide quilts to both the children’s wards and the neo-natal units.
“They are not cheap to make and they take a lot of work. Some might take a year to complete. I usually have a few on the go at the same time but if I put my mind to it I could do one in a week. The neonatal units lie the babies on them in the incubators and I just finished one for a teenage boy.
“If you wanted to sell them you could charge about £200 and that wouldn’t even cover the cost of your time so they are very precious for the children and it is very rewarding. But you get out of life what you put in.”
* Quilts & More, an exhibition of quilts and sewing in aid of Project Linus Norfolk, will be held at Barn Ruche in Watton on May 16 and 17 (10am to 4.30pm) and May 18 (10am to 2pm). Admission £1, children under 12 free.