One of the Handcraft classes in our recent Federation Show was a patchwork quilt. Entries were invited on the understanding the quilts would be donated to Project Linus UK.
Last week Frances Smith, Federation Show convener, and Maureen Macleod, Federation Chairman, met with Jane Sheldon, Project Linus area co-ordinator for Tayside, to hand over 23 quilts which had been donated by Angus members.
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 that time several million blankets and quilts have been delivered worldwide. The organisation began in the UK in March 2000 as a result of a Birmingham quilter’s desire to help children in need. Today around 3,500 quilts and blankets are delivered to sick, disabled or disadvantaged children across the UK each month.
“We are really grateful to the members of Angus Federation SWI for donating these beautiful quilts to Project Linus UK. ‘A quilt is a hug you can keep’ and they will go to needy children across Tayside to bring comfort in difficult situations.“Jane Sheldon, Project Linus UK