A North East Quilts4Carers network came together to hand make quilts to give a ‘warm hug’ to NHS colleagues at Newcastle Hospitals working in critical care.
Approximately 30 patchwork quilts were crafted by volunteers in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, led by Gosforth resident Liz Villalobos.
The community came together after a national movement led by long-arm quilter Linda Jackson who started by making quilts for NHS frontline workers in Sheffield, the idea then went viral and 600 were made and distributed across the country
Quilter Liz Villalobos in Gosforth took up the call locally and spread the work among her quilting colleagues who went on to hand make around 30 beautiful quilts.
Liz said: “I was delighted with the response from my quilting colleagues, it was a small token of appreciation for the marvellous people of the NHS.”
The quilts have given a ‘warm hug’ to some of the critical care staff at Newcastle Hospitals.
Lisa Carter, matron, said the team was asked to nominate their colleagues to receive a ‘warm hug’.
“I’ve been giving them to the staff that were nominated by their peers to receive these and they are overwhelmed by the skill and the generosity.”
Liz is also involved in Project Linus which is a team of volunteers who craft quilts and knitted blankets to give ‘a hug that you can keep’ to children who are ill, disabled or traumatised aged from birth to 19-year-old.
The children’s heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital and the Great North Children’s Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infirmary have received these gifts for young patients and their families.
Project Linus is always looking for support in the form of donations or cotton fabric. If you can help please contact Liz on [email protected].