LinkLiving launches Quilts Make Homes campaign
A charity appeal inviting quilters across Scotland to make patchwork quilts, throws and cushions for young adults who have been homeless or experienced the care system was launched this week by LinkLiving.
Quilts Make Homes will benefit young people supported by health and wellbeing charity, LinkLiving.
The campaign was created by Sheena Stone, LinkLiving’s head of fundraising, who is a quilter herself.
Ms Stone said: “I was inspired to launch this campaign by finding out about the Canadian Red Cross quilts that were sent to the UK after WWII for those who had nothing, having lost their homes and possessions through the trauma of bombing.
“In this appeal, we are inviting the quilters of Scotland to make quilts and cushions to gift to the young people LinkLiving supports, who have often experienced a range of traumas, to help make their properties feel more like their home.”
“We support these young people to live independent lives and they often come to us with very little of their own.
“Most will not be in contact with family members who might have made something for them.
“I thought it would be amazing to be able to give these young people something of their own that has been handmade for them.”
LinkLiving is looking for double and single bed quilts, throws, and cushions in designs appealing to young people aged 16-25 and for children up to eight years’ old, as some of the young people are single mums.
The LinkLiving charity supports nearly 250 young adults aged 16-25 a year through the support service and accommodation in Edinburgh, Grangemouth and Fife.
If you, or someone you know, are a quilter who would like to get involved, please visit the website.