Kaniva Windmill Stitchers donate to Wimmera Base Hospital

Kaniva Windmill Stitchers member Jenny Wallis presents Yandilla midwife Krystyna Wesolek with quilts the group made for Wimmera families with stillborn babies. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
Kaniva Windmill Stitchers member Jenny Wallis presents Yandilla midwife Krystyna Wesolek with quilts the group made for Wimmera families with stillborn babies. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A KANIVA group is helping grieving Wimmera families with a charity project.

Kaniva Windmill Stitchers has donated quilts to Wimmera Base Hospital’s Yandilla ward. The items will be available to families with stillborn babies.

Yandilla midwife Krystyna Wesolek said the quilts had various themes and bright colours.

“This is the second time that windmill stitchers have delivered small quilts to our ward and we are very grateful for their donation,” she said.

Ms Wesolek gave the quilters group a tour of Yandilla when they donated the items they had made.

This included seeing the specially-designed cuddle cot and the clothing and blankets made by volunteers to help families who had suffered loss.

Quilters secretary and treasurer Jenny Wallis said the windmill stitchers would make more quilts – this time for the Royal Children’s Hospital – in June, when they hosted VicQuilters’ Very Snuggly Quilts team.

“There is a team of volunteer ladies who collate all of the quilts and match a quilt as closely as possible to an ill child,” she said.

“Quilts are donated once a month and the process takes up to a week to organise, with up to 175 quilts donated every visit.”

Ms Wallis said the group would visit on June 15, and asked anyone who would like to help with the project to call her on 0428 931 310.

She said everything needed to make the quilts would be provided.

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