Project Linus providing comfort to patients

You may not be familiar with Project Linus UK, but their volunteer organisation is making a huge difference to young patients across the country, including right here in Sussex.

They aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new homemade patchwork quilts and knitted or crocheted blankets. Volunteers across the UK donate their time and skills to create beautiful blankets and quilts for causes in their local community.

We are very pleased to work with Carole Simons who coordinates Project Linus in Brighton and the surrounding areas. Carole and her team of knitters (pictured below) provide us with lots of lovely blankets and quilts every couple of months, which we donate to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (pictured above) and Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton, as well as its sister site, the Special Care Baby Unit in Haywards Heath.

We’ve been working in partnership with Carole and her Project Linus team since March 2015 and the blankets and quilts provided to the Alex, TMBU and SCBU are very much loved and appreciated by the young patients and their families. Project Linus also supply us with ‘taggy’ blankets for our TMBU and SCBU celebratory baby boxes, which we’re gifting to new parents in our 50th year.

Louise Bartha, Appeals & Trusts Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, works with Carole to supply the blankets and quilts to our partners. She explains, “We are always extremely grateful to Carole and Project Linus UK for donating handmade blankets and quilts to us. They provide a real comfort to young patients spending time in hospital, and we are always amazed by the colourful designs and patterns used, which make them bespoke to every baby, child and young person who receive one.”

Since the organisation was founded in March 2000, Project Linus UK volunteers have made and donated over 300,000 blankets and quilts. So far this year they have lovingly handmade almost 4,000 items – what a fantastic achievement! For anyone interested in getting involved in Project Linus UK, please visit their website by clicking here to find out more.

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