In April a group of local ladies from Scunthorpe, Gainsborough and Retford came together for a Project Linus Day to make small quilts.
Project Linus began in America in 1995 when Karen Loucks saw a newspaper article showing how much a comfort blanket had helped a child cancer victim. She decided to organise blankets for her local children’s cancer unit and started spreading the word. Since then, several million blankets and quilts have been delivered worldwide.
Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. It aims to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new homemade patchwork quilts and knitted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
Volunteer Area Co-ordinators and their assistants deliver around 3,500 quilts and blankets to sick, disabled or disadvantaged children across the UK each month. They can’t reach out to every distressed child, but they can help to provide them with tangible evidence that someone cares, along with the physical reassurance that comes with being snuggled up in a quilt. The organisation always tries to deliver quilts and blankets to children who are local to the makers and are up to 19 years old.
If you know a child who is in need and would like a quilt, contact Gainsborough and Retford Co-Ordinator Helen Nixon on 07785 378371. Helen is also looking for groups or businesses who could supply small amounts of funding to purchase wadding and fabrics to make the quilts.