Patchworkers think outside the square

ET Patchwork Circle members (from left) Pam Eade, Errolyn Taane, Jackie Coster, Gael Hamilton, Margaret Pethick and Linda Marshall donated these quilts to the Southland Charity Hospital in Invercargill this week.

ERROLYN Taane’s Patchwork Circle members are patching squares to show they care.

The voluntary group donated 20 quilts to the Southland Charity Hospital this week.

Spokeswoman Linda Marshall said the group wanted to acknowledge the works of healthcare centres by sharing their skills.

“We want to show our appreciation and spread love.”

The group had patched about 60 quilts in four months.

Other organisations receiving the donated quilts include Family Works Southland, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital, and South Alive Invercargill.

The group was created from the Waikiwi Patch Work Circle group which was formed by Mrs Taane, who stepped down from running the group due to ill health.

However, Mrs Marshall and other members decided to form a new group in May and named the organisation in honour of Mrs Taane, she said.

“So we got a group of us together and we meet once a week at The Pod. Errolyn donated us fabrics which has allowed us to carry on her traditions,” Mrs Marshall said.

There were about 15 members in the group.

“I still help out where I can with sewing and things like that. They still keep me in the loop, Mrs Taane said.

Southland Charity Hospital general manager Helen Robinson said the health centre felt fortunate to receive the donations.

“They are beautiful donations. When there’s a lot of love and passion gone into each item, it makes it very special.

She acknowledged the help they received from the community.

“We are very lucky with all the support we get and it is groups like this which makes a difference and gives us one less thing to have to worry about.”