Warm wel­come for quil­ters’ gifts

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

A do­na­tion of hand-crafted quilts is go­ing down a treat at Ran­furly Vil­lage Hos­pi­tal.

The Auck­land Quilt Guild has do­nated 29 quilts to the rest home as part of its Com­mu­nity Quilts pro­gramme.

Each of the blan­kets takes a cou­ple of months to make so it is a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion’’, Ran­furly Vil­lage Hos­pi­tal gen­eral man­ager He­len Martelli says.

‘‘These

quilts

are

abso- lutely beau­ti­ful. The res­i­dents who have re­ceived them are en­joy­ing hav­ing them on their beds,’’ she says.

The Com­mu­nity Quilts pro­gramme means guild mem­bers can use their pas­sion to sup­port good causes.

‘‘How many quilts can you give to fam­ily? How many can you sell?’’ guild pres­i­dent Tr­isha Downie says.

Fab­ric and other ma­te­ri­als are do­nated to the guild and mem­bers are en­cour­aged to do which­ever part of the cre­ation process that they en­joy most.

Some make quilt tops, some bind them and oth­ers do­nate fab­ric.

‘‘We’re de­lighted to have given the quilts to such a good cause,’’ Downie says.

Photo: EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Thank you: Ran­furly Vil­lage Hos­pi­tal res­i­dent Ju­dith Lovell, left, thanks Auck­land Quilt Guild pres­i­dent Tr­isha Downie for the quilt she re­ceived.

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