Early in 2014 Cheddar Valley U3A Patchwork Group were approached by a friend who asked if the group would make her a king-sized quilt, for which she would donate £350 to Weston Hospicecare.
Members of the group accepted the challenge and decided on an autumn theme for the quilt.
“As a first step everyone sorted through their stock of fabric, and each brought along suitable autumn colours for the group to share,” comments Barry Coppard, co-leader of the Patchwork Group.
“Once the three layers of the quilt had been carefully smoothed out and pinned together the real work of quilting it began! A generous member opened her house as a drop-in centre where members willingly gave their time with needle and thread until the job was done.”
Sadly, in mid-November, just days before the group were due to present the finished product the U3A heard that their friend had passed away.
Barry recalls, “The news came as a shock to us all. We contacted Weston Hospicecare to explain the situation and offer them the quilt.”
The charity’s fundraising team were delighted with the offer, and have accepted the quilt to be included in a charity auction taking place in March.
Blair Chadwick, fundraiser, says: “The donation was a lovely gesture from Barry and the group, we hope that the auction is a success amongst our supporters.”
The autumn quilt will be one of the items in an auction at ’s charity ball at Cadbury House, which is to be held in aid of Weston Hospicecare and Macmillan Cancer Support. There are still tickets left for the event on Friday 6th March by contacting .