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Community group creates quilts that comfort

06/05/2020

The Kogarah Quilting Group put their impressive talents to use and created a collection of beautiful quilts which were donated to the St George Hospital in Kogarah, aimed at providing comfort to ICU patients during their end of life care.

Georges River Councillor Sandy Grekas instigated the initiative, after local residents expressed interest via the ‘Adopt a Healthcare Worker’ Facebook page in donating sewn items to the hospital.

“We identified a need for donations of quilts and pillow cases to the St George Hospital ICU Palliative Care group’s ‘Quilts for Comfort’ project,” explained Councillor Grekas.

“Given the current situation, much of patients’ interaction with family and friends has moved online, and providing a cover and pillowcase for their bed is a welcome change from the clinical white hospital white sheets.

“These quilts help to provide a more personal experience for the patients and their loved ones to help soften the experience, and many families keep the quilts.

“The Kogarah Quilting Group donated 15 unique, hand-sewn quilts to this cause, which will hopefully offer comfort to some in a very difficult time.

“St Aidan’s Quilting Group also donated 14 stunning quilts and a very kind woman in Como gave 20 hand-made pillowcases to the hospital.

“I would like to thank all of the quilters and sewers involved for their generosity, incredible creativity and the time spent putting these beautiful pieces together, as well as the staff at St George Hospital for their continued work to keep us healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am proud to live and work in such a supportive community that will always help others through challenging times,” added Councillor Grekas.

Earlier in the month, Councillor Grekas created the Adopt a Healthcare Worker – St George Hospital page, to coordinate practical support for healthcare workers who are on the frontline of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.
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