December Meeting, Christmas Social Night - by Shirley

Despite yet another wet and windy night, this event was very well attended by members.

Julia’s notices: A total of 163 quilts, in various sizes from baby/cot quilts to larger sizes for older children and young adults were made for Project Linus.
The Multiple Scelerosis Society were presented with a £100 cheque and various goodies, which were very well received. Julia suggested that any 
unwanted gifts received over the festive period could be brought in to a meeting and donated to the M.S. Society.

The blue rainbow quilt was presented to the Brenda Kirby Charity Centre in New Addington. Julia read out a letter of appreciation from the Co-ordinator, Jacqui Young. This quilt has been raffled by the Centre – which relies solely on charitable donations - and so far has raised £30.    It is intended that the
raffle will be continued at a second venue to raise further funds. Jacqui will let us know the total amount raised for their funds.

The Committee would like to receive nominations for 2014/2015 Charity - slips were provided on the Notice Board.

We were all given a copy of Programme for 2014 and Julia highlighted details for the first two meetings:- January – will need paper and pen and booking 
will be taken for the Saturday Workshop on 22nd March - £20 each. February - bookings taken for 2nd April coach trip outing to Lady Sew and Sew - £20 each, journey time approximately 1.5 hours each way.

Our guest for this evening was Liz Powderham, who is the East Surrey Co-ordinator for Project Linus. Since she took over this post earlier in the year, 
she has been able to provided 453 quilts for seriously ill children at the Special Care Unit at Epsom General Hospital, Royal Marsden, Sutton and Queen Mary’s where Community Nurses nurse the sick children in their own homes. The Candle Project at St. Christopher’s Hospice, Penge have been given an initial donation of 25 quilts by Project Linus.

Shirley Quilters produced 163 of the quilts presented by Liz and she expressed her gratitude for all our hard work and generosity. Several more quilts were shown and donated by members during the course of the evening, together with unwanted fabric. Many of us were touched by the story of Fabian – 9 years old – who has been receiving radiotherapy for cancer for eight years of his life at Royal Marsden and is now being transferred to Great Ormond Street. Fabian had been given a quilt when very young and asked if he could have another which was longer and would cover his feet! There was a photograph of him with his new quilt.

Refreshment break – tea or coffee and lots of nice goodies to eat!

Show and Tell – items from the Jar Challenge; three quilts for members of one family (made in a very short space of time); completed cushions from 
Linda’s Saturday workshop; child’s folding book with touchy-feely pictures; pretty fabric Christmas Trees made after one of our demonstrations: my first jelly roll quilt and handed to Project Linus.

Finally, the raffle which had a lovely selection of goods – from sewn items to jam and home baking.    A fitting end to a very busy and enjoyable evening.