Quilt do­na­tion to hospi­tal ‘an amaz­ing ges­ture’

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@ wrcn.co.nz

A mas­sive un­der­tak­ing by the Mata­mata Patch­work and Quil­ters ended with a trip to Auck­land’s Star­ship Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal last Wed­nes­day.

Mem­bers Joan Reed, Shirley Frew and Ruth Keoghan took up 19 quilts made from Can­Teen ban­dan­nas to be gifted to chil­dren at the hospi­tal.

They were met by staff mem­bers from the Auck­land Can­Teen of­fice, who were very ap­pre­cia­tive of the do­na­tion.

‘‘They all hugged us when we got there and hugged us again when we left,’’ said Mrs Reed.

‘‘ They were just so thrilled, it was lovely.’’

Can­Teen would pass the quilts on to longterm pa­tients stay­ing in the hospi­tal, said Mrs Reed.

‘‘It will be some­thing spe­cial just for them,’’ she said.

Auck­land Can­Teen com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships man­ager Ana Cun­liffe said the quilts were an amaz­ing ges­ture.

‘‘I think it’s in­cred­i­ble, I have a lot of time for them,’’ she said.

‘‘To spend so much time mak­ing th­ese quilts and then to drive all the way here to present us with them – it’s awe­some.’’

Par­ents could not al­ways stay with their chil­dren at the hospi­tal and the quilts would pro­vide ex­tra com­fort for those pa­tients, she said.

Around 500 Can­Teen ban­dan­nas were given to the Mata­mata quil­ters last year by New World Mata­mata owner Ewan Ather­ton.

They were made into 41 quilts, with some auc­tioned off for Can­Teen and Pohlen Hospi­tal and the rest given to Pohlen Hospi­tal res­i­dents.

‘‘When we first got all the ban­dan­nas we thought we would never be able to fin­ish all that work,’’ said Mrs Reed.

‘‘ But when you see the re­ac­tion of peo­ple it makes it well worth it.’’

The quil­ters would like to thank Mr Ather­ton for the ban­dan­nas, as well as the Mata­mata Ki­wa­nis Club for pro­vid­ing fund­ing for the back­ing fab­ric.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Cosy: Quil­ters Joan Reed (far left), Ruth Keoghan (sec­ond from right) and Shirley Frew (far right) with staff at Can­Teen’s Auck­land of­fice.

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