Quil­ters’ labours of love given to hos­pice

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Rose City Quil­ters are renowned for their char­ity work. Just Zilch,Women’s Refuge and the Res­cue He­li­copter are or­gan­i­sa­tions to ben­e­fit re­cently from mem­bers’ hand­i­work, as have Van­u­atu cy­clone sur­vivors.

On Mon­day night it was the turn of Aro­hanui Hos­pice. Twelve bed quilts and six lap quilts made from do­nated fab­ric, plus a big help­ing of freely­given time, tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity were pre­sented to Aro­hanui’s Clare Ran­dall to re­place quilts pre­sented by the quil­ters 10 years ago.

‘‘Those ones have worn out,’’ Clare says.

The colour and bright­ness the quilts gave the rooms has been greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by hos­pice pa­tients and their fam­i­lies over the years, she says.

‘‘It’s one of the bet­ter jobs we’ve been in­volved in,’’ says Rose City pres­i­dent Sonja Rev­ell.

‘‘These have been made by our mem­bers, from fab­ric do­nated by some of our mem­bers and from lo­cal busi­nesses. We’re also do­nat­ing a beau­ti­ful queen size quilt that the hos­pice will be able to raf­fle to raise funds.

‘‘This gen­eros­ity makes a big dif­fer­ence to us,’’ Clare says.

Tick­ets for the quilt will be avail­able at the Hos­pice Shops on Ran­gi­tikei St and in Roslyn.

‘‘We’re just as much about giv­ing things away as we are about go­ing to meet­ings,’’ quil­ter Heather Scott adds.

Rose City Quil­ters has about 200 mem­bers, and meet on the fourth Mon­day of each month at the Ly­ch­way on Roy St at 7.30pm. In­quiries are welcome to Sonja on 355 4087, or Yvonne McEwen on 027 223 6544.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

A col­lec­tion of quilts spe­cially made for Aro­hanui Hos­pice from Rose City Quil­ters, from left, Yvonne McEwen, Pam East­cott, Sonja Rev­ell, Heather Scott and in front, Clare Ran­dall from Aro­hanui Hos­pice.

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