15 January 2019
The girls who have been doing their Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE volunteering have been working together in their Needlecraft club with Maria Schofield to make crochet blankets for Project Linus. On 10th January, some of the 15 girls who had created the blankets, handed them to Project Linus’ Area Co-ordinator, Mrs Jackie Hebblethwaite, to be distributed to children in the South West Area.
Mrs Hebblethwaite expressed her sincere gratitude to the girls: “I continue to be amazed by the generosity of those that make these blankets for children that they do not know and will never see.”
The girls, some of them complete novices to crochet, spent a lot of time thinking about the best colours and how the blankets might be used (for example on beds or on wheelchairs).
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/crochet blankets, and to give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
The organisation 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 and they now have a large network of volunteers across the UK who donate their time and skills to create beautiful blankets and quilts.