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Donated quilts will give comfort to Norfolk babies during health checks

PUBLISHED: 06:30 31 October 2014

Matthew Wright enjoying the quilts donated by the Project Linus Group

Matthew Wright enjoying the quilts donated by the Project Linus Group

Archant

Spending time in unfamiliar places with people they don’t know can be traumatic for babies.

Eva Medeskaite on the quilts made by volunteersEva Medeskaite on the quilts made by volunteers

But thanks to the generosity of Norfolk volunteers, newborns with appointments at clinics across the region will feel a little more comfortable.

The Project Lunis group make themed quilts for children who are bereaved, traumatised or using hospital and healthcare facilities.

And now, the group has donated 40 handmade quilts to the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

Community Children’s Services Team Leader Wendy Simpson approached the group after seeing their work in her previous role as a paediatric nurse.

“So far they have given us 40 beautiful padded quilts, which are adorned with lovely, colourful and child-friendly designs.

“These have been really well received by everyone coming to the Baby Days session. We are so grateful to the group for not only giving up their time to make the quilts, but also raising money to buy the materials beforehand.

“The quilts are already making a huge difference, and are helping both mums and babies to relaex by providing a stress-free, welcoming environment.”

The quilts are being used at sessions in Spirxworth, Sprowston, Downham Market, Kings Lynn, Sheringham and Fakenham.

With more donations, the group will be able to make more quilts to be used across the county.

One of Norfolk Project Linus Coordinators Jane Lond-Caulk said: “We are very grateful to all our quilters, who give up their time to make quilts.

“We find it very rewarding and try to help whenever we are asked and were pleased that we could provide Wendy with 40 quilts to create a friendly atmosphere.

“We rely on donations and fundraising to allow us to buy materials, cotton and wadding. Our volunteers really enjoy making the quilts and being given the opportunity to do something to benefit young people who need support.”

Anyone who would like to donate fabric or funds to Project Linus should email plnorfolk@yahoo.co.uk for more information. The group is also keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help make quilts for older teenage boys.

Has your organisation been helped by volunteers? Email polly.grice@archant.co.uk.

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