Alison delivers lasting hugs
Solicitor and keen quilter Alison Banerjee has turned a pastime into a passion to help others.
Alison, from law firm Buckles Solicitors LLP, began making quilts for her children, family and friends after taking up sewing 20 years ago.
She has since become involved with Project Linus UK, a volunteer organisation which aims to provide sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers with homemade patchwork quilts and knitted or crocheted blankets.
As co-ordinator for this area, Alison has led a project to ensure that every child at the Willoughby School in Bourne received a quilt – something Alison describes as a “lasting hug”.
With the help of other quilters, each of the pupils at the state special school for boys and girls aged from two to 19 has their own blanket.
Alison said: “There are 79 children in the school and every one of them has a quilt. I first met some children from the Willoughby School in early February when they came to visit the Buckles office and they left our offices with a quilt from Project Linus on the day.
Willoughby School head James Husbands said: “The pupils and their parents have been delighted with the quilts. Thank you Project Linus.”
Alison, who reckons she has made 20 quilts a year over the past two decades, said: “Quilting is my time to daydream and think and just be. I need to create something with my own hands. I need to give some love to the people who receive my quilts.”