Children and teenagers battling life-threatening illnesses will receive a bit of extra love and warmth thanks to a donation by Deniliquilters and Friends.
The local group has donated 90 quilts to the Royal Children’s Hospital through the Very Snuggly Quilt Program, an initiative which aims to brighten the lives of terminally ill youngsters.
The program’s president Marie Lee paid Deniliquilters and Friends a visit on Tuesday to check out the local effort.
‘‘The Very Snuggly Quilt program makes a massive difference to the lives of the kids and families and lets them know someone cares,’’ she said.
‘‘You don’t need to know them personally, and the children, parents and grandparents are always overwhelmed by the fact a stranger would take the time and effort to make them something.
‘‘The children are aged from new born babies to teenagers, and the youngest child I’ve donated to was only a few hours old who was going into cardiac surgery.
‘‘We receive beautiful letters from children which make you realise what a positive impact the program has.’’
Deniliquilters and Friends president Dianne Stubbings said Very Snuggly Quilts doesn’t just benefit the lives of the children, it also has an extensive impact on the quilt-makers.
‘‘The program gives our quilters a purpose to contribute to the program,’’ she said.
‘‘It gives them something to do and knowing they’ve made a difference is an amazing feeling.’’