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By Rod Edgar
Annan and Eskdale
Quilt sale raises £2000 for Nepal

A BOOST of over £2000 is being delivered to earthquake survivors in Nepal — thanks to efforts by local quilters.

QUILTS HANDOVER . . . Scottish co-ordinator of the Quilts for Nepal project Patricia Macindoe, left, receives the remaining quilts from Phyllis Kirkwood of Annan, after more than £2300 was raised in support of earthquake survivors

Ninety-five quilts went on sale at St Andrew’s Church in Annan earlier this month, and
Phyllis Kirkwood from Quilts from Nepal said: “We’ve sold 85 of them and at the moment we’re just over the £2000 mark with the sale of the quilts and very generous donations from people who came in on the Saturday morning or from church and such like, each of the two Sundays that they were shown. So it’s just been quite a
remarkable story.”
The original intention had been to create quilts which could be sent out to Nepal. However, it was noted that it would cost £8 to send out a large quilt, while that £8 would provide shelter for a whole family affected by the April earthquake which killed more than 9000 people and left more than two million Nepalese people homeless.
As a result, it was decided to sell the majority of the quilts, with the basic quilts, many by first time quilters, sold at £20, and more complicated and larger creations went for
between £30 and £50.
With the total raised now standing at £2312.50, Phyllis said: “It’s absolutely tremendous; we just can’t believe it.”
She added: “Although it wasn’t what we planned originally, and there was an initial
disappointment about not being able to send the quilts to Nepal, we’ve actually made more of an impact by doing this — first of all that we can help more people in Nepal by basic aid, and also that we’ve involved far more people in it.
“Through people giving and buying, they felt part of it as well — which is just wonderful.”
Phyllis has expressed sincere gratitude for all those who supported the project. Money is now being sent out via the charity Tearfund, which has been active in Nepal since 1970, along with remaining quilts.
For information on how to donate, visit—earthquake/


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