Over the weekend I had a chat with both Dave and Brenda Lincoln, and John and Dee Franks, who have been doing incredible work for the injured servicemen.
Most people in quilting circles are well aware of this work, from back in the early days when they collected mens' shirts to make into quilts.
The project has grown from those days in 2009, and I am attaching (hopefully) an information sheet.
They no longer take shirts, since the quilts are now more specialised.
However they do accept sheets and duvet covers - definitely not in girly colours - these are real men!
If you have any large pieces of fabric, these are most welcome.
Contact details below:
Dave and Brenda - tel 01455 554584 John and Dee - tel 01455 554619
This project was started in the spring of 2009, to try to bring a smile to the faces of the many young Service men and women who were, and still are, being very seriously injured in Afghanistan. Also to let them know that many people really do care about what is happening to them.
The average age of the injured is 18-25, and many suffer life-changing injuries. Increasingly we are meeting triple amputees who have lost both legs and an arm. Many more are suffering other horrendous injuries, both physical and mental.
Despite these injuries they remain very positive and determined to make the most of their new lives. Once they start their rehabilitation they can be standing on new prosthetic limbs in 3 days. If they have a below-the-knee amputation they can go back to the front line!
Many go on to raise funds for the many charities which support them – sky diving, cycling from Lands End to John O Groats etc., etc.
We make bespoke “regimental” quilts with whatever details each man requires. This is our way of thanking them for their sacrifice for their country, they have become trophies and, they tell us, morale boosters. We also deliver patchwork quilts, made by groups all over the country to the various recovery centres around the UK.
To date we have delivered over 950 quilts.
Each quilt costs approximately £100 to buy the fabrics required.
We raise funds by giving talks and receiving donations from the public to whom we are greatly indebted. We shall continue to show the respect and admiration, of us all, for these courageous young Servicemen.