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Blankets and quilts created with love in the Highlands offer comfort to vulnerable people through Project Linus


By Ian Duncan

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Alice Nicoll, of Project Linus, with quilts that are sent over and then go to Raigmore Hospital and other charities for those in need. Picture: Callum Mackay
Alice Nicoll, of Project Linus, with quilts that are sent over and then go to Raigmore Hospital and other charities for those in need. Picture: Callum Mackay

A charity supporting vulnerable people in the Highlands is looking for more volunteers.

Project Linus – a network of volunteers named after the famous character who is never seen without his security blanket in comic strip Peanuts – donates blankets to sick, disabled, distressed or traumatised children.

They are now calling for volunteers, knitters and quilters across the strath and wider Highlands to help make and distribute blankets across the area.

Alice Nicoll, who has been the Inverness-based co-ordinator for the project since April, said: “We’ve had a very good response this year, with people sending home-made blankets from across the Highlands.

“I have a growing band of volunteers from all parts of the region who willingly give their time and skills to make an amazing range of quilts and blankets in all shapes and sizes.

“Since July, I have collected more than 249 quilts and blankets, which were made by 29 volunteers and three groups – Lochcarron Quilters and Stitchers, In Stitches in Grantown and Ness Quilters – and I have distributed more than 180 items to date.

“It has been more difficult for some charities to receive and distribute donations under Covid restrictions, but we have kept on giving to Raigmore.

“We are looking also for more outlets who may be interested in receiving the blankets.”

Project Linus - quilts sent over, then go to raigmore and other charities for those in need....Picture: Callum Mackay..
Project Linus - quilts sent over, then go to raigmore and other charities for those in need....Picture: Callum Mackay..

The quilts that have been donated have gone to Raigmore Hospital’s children’s ward and special care baby unit, fostering and adoption services, Crocus group for the Highland Hospice, Rape and Sexual Abuse Service Highland, Merkinch Family Centre and Action for Children.

Quilts and blankets can be dropped off at The Woolly Sheep or Quilt Creations in Inverness and Patches Corner in Beauly.

To become a volunteer, or if you know of any organisation who would benefit from a Linus quilt, contact Ms Nicoll at ajnicoll132@icloud.com

• More information is available at www.projectlinusuk.org.uk


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