LinkLiving’s Quilts Make Homes appeal launched!
LinkLiving is delighted to launch Quilts Make Homes, an appeal inviting people to make patchwork quilts, throws and cushions for young adults who have been homeless or experienced the care system.
The campaign was created by Sheena Stone, LinkLiving’s head of fundraising, who is a quilter herself.
Sheena said: “The LinkLiving charity supports nearly 250 young adults aged 16-25 a year through the support service and accommodation we variously provide in Edinburgh, Grangemouth and Fife. We support these young people to live independent lives and they often come to us with very little of their own.
“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. Many were treasured for years to come.
“In this appeal, we are inviting the quilters of Scotland to make quilts and cushions to gift to the young people that LinkLiving supports, who have often experienced a range of traumas, to help make their properties feel more like their home, and to show people are thinking of 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. Most will not be in contact with family members who might have made something for them.”
Our young people need the following:
- King, double and single bed size quilts
- Sofa throws and cushions, with cushion pads
- In designs and colours appealing to young men and women aged 16-25 years
- Small quilts as there are also young mums with children (from babies to eight years’ old)
Quilt groups: Any quilt groups that might consider selecting LinkLiving as their charity of the year should get in touch with Sheena Stone on 0330 303 0302. If your group has a large number of items, we may be able to organise collection.
Quilts can be handed in or sent to:
FAO: Sheena Stone, LinkLiving, Link House, 2c New Mart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RL from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If possible. please get in contact to let us know you are visiting first.
To deliver to the LinkLiving offices in Falkirk and Kirkcaldy, please get in touch for more information.