Every year, in towns and cities around the country, community volunteers host Christmas dinner events on Christmas Day for young people who have recently left the care system. These young adults, aged 18-25 years old, would likely otherwise spend Christmas Day alone.
Knowing how much comfort and delight a quilt can give, a group of quilters formed in October last year to gift a quilt for each of the attendees at one of the dinner events.
In 3 short months, the group managed to collect 120 quilt providing 50 to the Manchester dinner, 50 to the Leeds dinner and 20 to a smaller event in Barnsley.
The quilts were so well received by the young diners we decided to continue and expand.
In 2019 we created over 1000 quilts to give to 20 dinners right across the country and we still need your help for 2020!
We are happy to accept quilts sized no smaller than 40” x 66” and no larger than 50” x 72”. Quilts will be required to reach us by mid November to ensure they can be sent on to the correct location.
We have a number of quilters donating their longarm quilting services - Patchwork Garden is one of them I'm proud to say! - so we can provide some assistance with quilting if required. We also welcome orphaned blocks and fabric donations.
Please do check join our quilt makers group on Facebook - “Quilts for Care Leavers Makers (Q4CL).
Are part of a national charity founded in 1992 by Victor Mizzi M.B.E. Since then over 150 "Links" have been established throughout the United Kingdom, raising money to support the children of Belarus and Ukraine, whose lives will be forever affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
They raise the funds to bring over 3,000 children to the UK each year for four weeks of fresh air, uncontaminated food, fun, love and attention as well as dental and eye check ups.
Each child who comes to the Sheffield area is gifted a quilt made by Patchwork Garden and customers as a memento of their visit.