Quilters raise charity cash

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Ann Hill, quilter in residence at Alzheimer Scotland, teacher and quilt-maker extraordinaire, came to Gatehouse of Fleet last week for a coffee morning and quilt show to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer Scotland.

In her amusing talk she explained how memories and stories recorded in quilts are important aids for people and their families living with dementia. Special memories from those living with dementia include sporting events like football.

Ann was challenged to provide enough quilts to cover Hampden Park, with the money from their sale going to Alzheimer Scotland. Quilters across the region and, indeed, from across the world, have been making quilts to help cover the 4000 square metres of turf. Ann currently has enough to cover three-quarters of the pitch. However, more are needed before the project finishes this summer (one double-bed quilt covers four square metres!). Some of the wonderful quilts made so far, have been exhibited in Dumfries, Hampden Park Football Museum and the Scottish Parliament. The event at Hampden Park will take place on Saturday, June 8.

Beverley Vaux kindly hosted a well-attended quilt ‘show and tell’, exhibition and coffee morning at Rusko on May 2 which raised £250.

Ann was presented with a double bed quilt, made by the Gatehouse Stitch & Bitch group, for the project. If you’d like to see more of the quilts or learn how you can help please see annhillquilter.co.uk.