A Stockton-on-Tees-based group of quilters who hand-craft comforting gifts for families of sick children have benefited from a donation of £1000.
These volunteers give their time to create handmade blankets to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers.
Project Linus - founded in 2015 - have made and donated 160 quilts to sick and traumatised children in the Tees Valley. Some of the recipients include children receiving treatment at North Tees Hospital, James Cook University Hospital, Butterwick Hospice, Harbour and Social Services.
Tees Valley Community Foundation were delighted to award the grant towards the purchase of materials and room hire for their crafting sessions, which run once a month and are attended by 18 volunteer quilters of various abilities.
Harry’s mum - one of the first to receive a blanket - wrote a letter thanking the group: “We’d been on the children’s ward for nine days when we received our beautiful blanket. When it was given to me I cried, I was overwhelmed at the generosity of a stranger. Being on a hospital ward day in and day out was tiring and lonely and the "cuddle blanket" brought comfort and Harry loved it too!!”