6th August 2015 – Colourful quilts donated to poorly children for lifelong comfort
Keen sewers from a craft club in Bradford have donated colourful quilts to Airedale Hospital to keep babies and children warm.
The volunteers are from the Gilstead Craft Club, near Bingley, set up seven years ago and they meet at St Wilfred’s Church every Friday, between 7 – 9pm, to learn different creative skills – everyone is welcome..
Alison Hardwick, co-ordinator for the Airedale Project Linus, taught the women members how to quilt.
Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation which provides sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers with homemade patchwork quilts and knitted blankets to try and give them some comfort and security.
It was started in America in 1995 by Karen Loucks, who saw a newspaper article showing how much comfort blankets had helped a child cancer victim. Since then over 4m blankets and quilts have been delivered worldwide and now volunteers deliver 2,000 each month to children in the UK who are sick, have a disability or are disadvantaged.
Maureen Baxter, who works for Airedale Hospital as a clerk in the medical records and bereavement departments, joined the Gilstead Craft Club two years ago and her speciality is Aran knitting.
She said: “I love going to the club and learning different things including how to quilt.
“Thanks to Alison’s patient and dedication, we have made various quilts for Airedale Hospital’s baby unit that fit in the incubators to keep babies warm and when mum and child return home they take the quilt with them.
“We have also made larger quilts for the children’s ward to give to young patients who are ill. We sign them on the back and sew a label on from the Linus Project. Some of these quilts have been donated from all over the world. Every quilt is unique and they have all been made with love and patience for children to keep for life.
Jo Newman, matron for children’s services at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We think the charity is brilliant and are very grateful for these donations. When children come into hospital they can be very ill and feel vulnerable. Having a blanket to wrap around them can help them to feel safe, warm and secure.