Kennet Quilters, a quilting and sewing group first started up in September 2007 with just three members. Through advertising in the local community of Devizes and renting a church hall, the group was reborn with a current membership of twenty six , covering a wide area including Devizes, Marlborough, Pewsey, Upavon, & Shrewton as well as the local villages.
In the first year the group primarily focussed on designing and making quilts and even entered one for the Festival of Quilts at NEC with the theme ‘Dark to Light’ . The quilt was entitled ‘Sun over Stonehenge’ and all the members contributed their part with great success.
Since then, the group has also become heavily involved with various charitable projects including the wonderful support towards The Forever Friends Appeal to benefit the patients at the Royal United Hospital.
These on-going projects that really do make a difference to the care of RUH’s patients include :
Heart Shaped’ under arm cushions for Breast Surgery Patients, to help ease the pain & discomfort after major surgery.
Wiggly (Hickman Line) bags and ‘Beads of Courage’ Bags for the children in Paediatric Oncology to keep their beads in. The beads help the children and young adults take ownership of their journey and to make sense of the experience they are going through in a very visible and tangible way.
The very popular baby quilts for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These exquisite quilts are kindly donated by the group for the tiny patients during their stay in NICU. When ready to leave the unit, the family are given the quilt to take home with them, providing not only some comfort during a vulnerable time, but also a keepsake for their memories.
The work of the Kennett Quilters touches the hearts of hundreds of patients in the RUH and the team at the Forever Friends Appeal believe they are their unsung heroes!
The Group meet once a month with the exception of August and welcome new members whether novice or competent. Tutorials are held during the year either in an afternoon or a full day all of which are well attended.