Project Linus UK is a national voluntary group which aims to provide handmade quilts which are given free of charge to teenagers, children and babies in need of “a hug” in times of stress, illness or trauma in their life.
The concept, based on Linus, a character from the Charlie Brown cartoon, who carried his blanket everywhere with him, was introduced to the UK in 2000.
In 2015 over 28000 quilts were made and distributed in hospitals, hospices, care centres and through partner organisations within the UK. Unfortunately the need for quilts exceeds the amount made by the volunteers and not every child can get a quilt. These quilts are colourful and beautifully made and cheer up children in the hospital environment, especially as they are allowed to keep the quilt after their hospital stay.
Police Scotland is delighted to support this initiative. Constable Elaine Milven, an officer of Custody Division at Stranraer, is a member of the Sorbie Quilt Group, which has produced a wonderful variety of quilts for children of all ages.
The Sorbie Quilt Group are Emma McCrornick, Susan Grimner, Elizabeth Wallace, Laura Lawson, Maria Old and Morven Old. Morven is quilting as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award and the group are delighted to assist Morven with her Duke of Edinburgh award and are looking forward to seeing what she will be attempting as her quilt challenge this year as part of her gold award.
Constable Elaine Milven of the group said: “I am delighted to be part of Project Linus and three years ago formed a group of local likeminded Machers ladies to make these quilts for a brilliant project which brings pleasure to the many children who receive a quilt.
“The quilts are gratefully received by the parents/guardians in what is usually a stressful time for the family. Project Linus receives some lovely thank you letters from the recipients of these quilts and their pleasure in their new quilt or ‘hug’ only spurs me on to make more. I know they are loved for many years after they are received and are used as play mats, tents for playing under and of course covering beds. I find making quilts very therapeutic and I challenge myself by making more complicated quilts.”
The quilts have been delivered to Ward 15 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary by Elaine’s Custody Division colleagues. Sergeant Alison Moir and Security Officer Bryan Sinclair.