Charity to benefit from quilt raffle

Pictured are some of the ladies who are helping with the quilts.
Pictured are some of the ladies who are helping with the quilts.

A host of local ladies have been getting their sewing machines out to help raise funds and awareness for lupus.

Women from Brechin and the Glens originally met to make the quilts in September for social and friendship purposes, but decided to offer their creations up for raffle for the benefit of a charity.

One of the ladies involved in the project, Mary Anderson, explained: “It has been a real community effort. All the materials we have used have been donated by the ladies taking part in the project.

“Everyone involved in the project voted to choose the charity that would benefit from the money raised, and Lupus UK came out the winner.”

Systemic lupus is a condition in which the body’s defence mechanism begins to attack itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs. There is currently no cure.

The ladies opted to support Lupus UK, a lesser known charity, as more well-known charities tend to receive greater support.

Mary added: “It’s ended up being a much bigger project than we were expecting - which is good. It’s not always the same ladies who come every time to help. It’s an example of the great community spirit in the area.

“We would like to thank everyone who has given up their time, donated fabric and passed on their knowledge during the project.”

The quilts made by the ladies, who have been meeting up throughout the year, is set to go up for raffle, with tickets due to be sold in local shops.

The quilts will be displayed in the Brechin Advertiser office and at the Brechin Town House Museum to give locals a chance to see them.

The group will also be organising a craft fair on May 31 at the Mechanics Hall from 1 to 4 p.m., with raffle tickets also available on the day before the draw is made, where it is hoped someone from the charity will attend to hand out the raffle prizes.