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Berkshire

My first news is that I have had a record month of 137 quilts donated for November. A great achievement, thank you.

We had a request to give a Young Carers group quilts for Christmas and they had requested 60. Thank you so much to all the quilters who took up the challenge, the response was over-whelming.

As well as the Young Carers, we have given quilts to Dingley special needs nursery, Social Services, Macmillan nurses, Oncology at RBH, Alexander Devine, Buscot prem unit and many individual children nominated by schools.

Buscot would still like breastfeeding kit bags if anyone would like to make some, they are thrilled with the ones that we have given so far but more are needed.

InStitches have kindly offered use of their studio one Monday a month so anyone can come and be involved in making quilts for Linus on the fourth Monday of the month, 10-3. They are in Wokingham. If you’d like to go along please contact Hazel Ryder at InStitches who will send you further details. www.InStitchesTextileCourses.co.uk hazel.ryder@ntlworld.comLinus 


Oxfordshire

Margaret Metcalfe has offered to become the Oxfordshire coordinator. I'm so delighted she has agreed and I know she is planning to write something for this newsletter. My thanks to all the Oxfordshire quilters who have helped in the past and I am sure you will give Margaret the same support. 

Lillian

Project Linus Co-ordinator -Berkshire

lilliangking@gmail.com

December 2016 www.projectlinusuk.org.uk

A quilt is a hug you can keep

Update

Thanks to those who held on to their Linus quilts while I was away earlier in the year. Despite not recording any quilts for February we have caught up and I know there are a few groups around the region busy making Linus quilts. As ever, thank you so much, it’s amazing that the quilts just keep on coming. Organisations and families receiving the quilts are so grateful, they are a great comfort at a time of difficulty for families. 

The breastfeeding kit bags for the Mums who have very premature babies are proving very popular and a great help to carry the kits around. 

Thanks to those who have made bags, more are always needed. The bag needs to be approx 13inches long and 9inches wide, lined and with shoulder length handles. Can be any style, patched or plain. (See page 20 Sept 2015 edition of Pieceful Times for picture). 

Buscot ward are still hoping that we can help again this year with Christmas stockings and Christmas premature baby quilts (approx 18 x 18inches). I know it seems early to mention this but you told me that I left it a bit late last year to remind quilters. 

So if you are thinking of making a quilt for Linus in 2016, there are ideas on the website-www.projectlinusuk.org.uk but remember, washable, bright and cheerful and no embellishments. Please also check no pins or needles are left in! 

Once again thank you for your generosity in donating quilts. Do let me know if you know an organisation or individual who would qualify for a Linus Quilt. 

Lillian 

Project Linus Co-ordinator 

lilliangking@gmail.com 

April 2016 


A quilt is a hug you can keep 

It's been a busy year for Project Linus and thanks to all of you who have made beautiful quilts. We have had 432 donated across Berkshire and Oxfordshire during 2015. A tremendous effort! Quilts have been given to a number of different organisations and individual children and young people. 

Quilts are donated from WIs, U3A, craft groups, individual quilters and quilt groups. Some make the quilts because of a personal connection with the charity others may never have made a quilt before. 

You have also responded to my requests for extra help and we have donated bags for Alexander Divine charity for use by children when visiting hospital and bags for breastfeeding kits, Christmas stockings and Christmas quilts for the Premature Units. Thank you. 

As I write this I have just returned from a very successful coffee morning hosted by Jean Cozens in Windsor. £330 was raised and a very enjoyable morning was had by all. A volunteer from DASH, a charity supporting those who experience domestic violence, came along to receive quilts for the children who find themselves living in a refuge. 

The quilt was won by a non-quilter who was thrilled to have won. She said "It's the best thing ever, I want to cry". 

My thanks go to all those who have donated quilts, to Barbara, Henriette, Shelia and Cathy from Oxfordshire who have helped with collecting and delivering quilts and to so many of you for making and donating them. 

So if you are thinking of making a quilt for Linus in 2016, there are ideas on the website, www.projectlinusuk.org.uk but remember, washable, bright and cheerful and no embellishments. Please also check no pins or needles are left in! 

Lillian 

Project Linus Co-ordinator 

lilliangking@gmail.com 

www.projectlinusuk.org.uk