The girls who have been doing their Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE volunteering have been working together in Needlecraft with Mrs Schofield to make crochet blankets for Project Linus. On 10th January, some of the girls, from the group of 15 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."
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.
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 and they now have a large network of volunteers across the UK who donate their time and skills to create beautiful blankets and quilts.
For further information about Project Linus, please visit their website: https://projectlinusuk.org.uk/