Hospital receives hand-made quilts

ANUM of midwifery Amanda Hackett, registered midwife Heidi Ware, acting director of nursing Anne Jefferies, and Naracoorte Quilters' Kaye Beauchamp. Photo: Laura Sneath

ANUM of midwifery Amanda Hackett, registered midwife Heidi Ware, acting director of nursing Anne Jefferies, and Naracoorte Quilters' Kaye Beauchamp. Photo: Laura Sneath

To help newborns at the Naracoorte Hospital enter the world with comfort, the Naracoorte Quilters club has donated some hand-made quilts.

Thirty quilts were donated last Friday, and group member Kaye Beauchamp told the Herald there are more on the way.

"We make a lot of charity quilts. We often get (material) donated to us (from) people who were quilters and don't quilt anymore," she said.

"Mostly people are just working on their own projects, and then every now and then, we have a workshop or a class."

Eighteen members of the Naracoorte Quilters get together once a month.

They were thrilled to be donating these wonderful blankets to the hospital.

The quilts had different, colourful designs on each one, with the odd matching pair in case a mother was expecting twins.

Ms Beauchamp said one member of the group even knitted some little beanies for the newborns.

The hospital staff expressed their gratitude to the Naracoorte Quilters, and said it's always great when they receive these kind gestures.

"We had a lady who used to make teddy bears," ANUM of midwifery Amanda Hackett said.

She said the mothers are always so appreciative of what the community donate.

"I think it's lovely.

"One of the things we started up was some little baby grows that have got 'I'm a Naracoorte baby' on it ... and I'm hoping to bring it up again."

Ms Beauchamp said the quilts don't take very long to make. With most of the fabric being donated, it doesn't come at much of an expense either.

The hospital staff agree that childbirth is such a precious time, and it's lovely to have something that's been made with love to give to the parents.

"It's amazing the response you get when you actually give something," Ms Hackett said.

The Naracoorte Hospital is not the only place the Naracoorte Quilters have donated to.

They have been known to make products for Moreton Bay House and people at Longridge Aged Care. Anyone interested in joining the Naracoorte Quilters is encouraged to cotnact member Josie Hole on 0428 621 330.