Being able to give something back is a common experience for many of us, but for a prisoner there are very few opportunities to make a difference. Many of our stitchers have told us that what they want more than anything is the chance to give something back, especially through their experiences of working with a charity like Fine Cell Work. For many of them it is also a desire to make amends even in some small way.
Aled is a talented quilter who has been with FCW for many years. He is also very creative, and has been working on his own quilting designs in recent months. He wanted to do something worthwhile with his quilts, so when we told him about Project Linus, he jumped at the chance. In his letter to us, he told us how moved he was by the efforts of this organisation and how keen he was to make more quilts for such a worthy cause: “Up until now I have lived a life of dubious virtue and I welcome any opportunity to give something back to the world.”
Project Linus is a voluntary organisation which aims to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies and children by providing them with new, homemade patchwork quilts and knitted and crocheted blankets, giving volunteers like Aled the opportunity to contribute to the local community.
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