Kenneth and Suzanne McGrady with their bub Kenneth Jnr, their new quilt and (l-r) Rebekka Battista from Our Kids, Carolyn Piercy from Quilts 4 Kids and Jo Ezzy, the nurse unit manager at Lismore Base Hospital’s special care nursery.
Kenneth and Suzanne McGrady with their bub Kenneth Jnr, their new quilt and (l-r) Rebekka Battista from Our Kids, Carolyn Piercy from Quilts 4 Kids and Jo Ezzy, the nurse unit manager at Lismore Base Hospital’s special care nursery.

A gift of warmth and love

Kenneth Jnr McGrady is so tiny, even the cartoon Winnie the Pooh appliquéd on his new quilt dwarfs the little fella.

Kenneth Jnr was born on November 21, 10 weeks premature and his mum and dad Suzanne and Kenneth have been with him ever since, waiting patiently for the moment they can take him home from Lismore Base Hospital's special care nursery.

The Tabulam couple was recently presented with the Winnie the Pooh quilt as part of the Quilts 4 Kids project, which provides about 50 quilts a year to Lismore Base Hospital for babies in the special care nursery and kids in the children's ward. Families get to look through an album of the quilts donated and choose one they like for keeps.

The project was started by quilter Diana Cooper in 2006 after she realised quilts being made locally were going to children in the cities. Wanting to keep them a little closer to home she started the project, which 20 quilting groups and several individuals now contribute to.

"The project connects local quilters to people in the community… and we know that quilts can provide not just physical but also emotional comfort," Quilts 4 Kids co-ordinator Carolyn Piercy said. "And it's nice for us as quilters to know they are going to a good home where they will be loved."

Suzanne seemed very pleased to receive her new quilt and is looking forward to Kenneth Jnr being big enough to crawl on it.

"It's very beautiful," she said.

Anyone who would like to donate a quilt or fabrics for the project can phone Carolyn on 0408 443 609 or email quilts4kids@hotmail.com.


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