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Bundaberg Quilters donate to Bundaberg Hospital ICU

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Nurses at the Bundaberg Hospital with the quilts donated by the Bundaberg Quilters. Photo credit: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

Bundaberg Quilters Society has been stitching up a storm, donating a number of quilts to the Bundaberg Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit recently.

The quilts have been lovingly created and donated to ensure both patients and organ donors are made comfortable during their stay.

A Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service spokesperson said the quilts were used to make the space feel less sterile for those in the ward.

“This wonderful donation certainly makes the intensive care environment a little less sterile and makes patients feel a little more at home rather than being in a hospital environment,” the spokesperson said.

“On top of this, patients and donors have a wonderful quilt to take home with them after their care has concluded.”

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A number of members from the Bundaberg Quilters group who have been sewing the quilts. Photo credit: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

Bundaberg Quilters Society President Rhonda Dunning said the group were contacted by the hospital’s organ donor nurse to see if they could assist in providing some quilts.

“We were contacted about a month ago and their nurse came in and spoke to us, and straight away we were all interested in doing what we could to help,” Rhonda said.

“The talk she gave us opened up our eyes and it made very motivated to do these quilts.

“We were able to give her some quilts that we made to help support the fantastic work she does as an Organ Donation Specialist Nurse.”

The Bundaberg Quilters Society have been creating their comfort quilts for the past three decades, with a number of members enjoying the opportunity to do something special for someone else.

“This year is our 35th anniversary, and I believe it has been about 30 years of our comfort quilts program also,” Rhonda said.

“This coming Wednesday we will be having a comfort quilt day where a dozen or so ladies will turn up and we will sew or baste the blankets and then some of our wonderful members will finish the quilting at home.

“We all work so well as a team as it is a lovely group of people and I appreciate the fact that everyone is so generous and it makes you feel good being able to help others.”

You can find out more about the Bundaberg Quilters Society here.

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