A Crewkerne craft group presented hand-made quilts to a project that helps sick and traumatised babies when they travelled to Dorchester. Members of Crewkerne & District U3A Craft Group delivered the quilts, which had taken them a year to make, to Pauline’s Patchwork shop in Poundbury. The shop is a dropping off point for Project Linus that also works to help children and teenagers through the provision of new home-made quilts and knitted blankets.
Project Linus began in the USA in 1995 and was started in the UK in 2000. It now has a large network of volunteers like the Crewkerne craft group who donate their time and skills to make quilts and blankets. Other quilts donated to the project are destined to go to Dorchester Prison, to be used by children when visiting a parent. The U3A’s Craft Group leader Rita Fisk said: “We believe they will help to make their visit a more positive experience.” Craft group members Jill LeFevre, Ann Butler, Mary Fowler, Rita Fisk, Gwen Bird, Merle Redwood, Dorothy Woods, Gillian Pitman and Val Warren who captured the presentation in the shop on camera, enjoyed lunch at a local garden centre afterwards before returning home to Crewkerne.