The work of volunteers plays a vital role in making our town a unique and vibrant place. We are delighted to be sharing with you a collection of volunteering stories to highlight and celebrate some of the work done by charities and volunteers.
Project Linus is a UK wide volunteer led organisation that provides beautiful quilts and blankets to any child who may benefit from one. They describe the quilts as providing ‘children in need of a hug’ with comfort through whatever difficulties they may currently be experiencing, making sure the child knows they have not been forgotten. Lillian King first came across project Linus when attending The Festival of Quilts 10 years ago. Upon approaching the Project Linus stall wanting to donate, due to being an avid quilter for 40 years, she discovered there was no area coordinator for Berkshire. She describes how she ‘fell into’ this role and has been the Berkshire area coordinator ever since. The role involves connecting groups who may benefit from the quilts such as the children’s unit at the Royal Berkshire hospital with the local quilt making community. Lillian has delivered over 4000 quilts since being area coordinator showing the wide impact Project Linus has had in Berkshire.
The benefits of such a project are not limited to those receiving the blankets but also the quilt makers. Fay regularly makes quilts and describes lockdown to Lillian saying that quilting “kept me sane, sorting fabric and finishing projects” she states that her “(sewing) machine has done more miles than my car”. This really encompasses the monumental benefits of volunteering with an organisation such as Project Linus for the individual. Having such a visible end product allows the creators to have a sense of accomplishment when a quilt is completed and knowing they will go to a home where they will make such an impact on a vulnerable child’s life is as Lillian describes “hugely rewarding”.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Lillian and all the amazing sewers creating beautiful quilts for all the children in need of a hug.
Inspired by Lillian’s story? Take a look at www.rgneeds.me to find the role for you!