Blanket of love

Soroptimist (third from left) Gaylene Timms with her original patchwork quilt that is to be raffled for the Smithton District Hospital’s new breast pump to assist local breastfeeding mums. Looking forward to the donated item are (from left) clinical nurse consultant Val Wallace, midwife Jacky Huisman and director of nursing Sharan McLaren. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Nurture. Feeding your newborn helps to create an intimate relationship between a mother and her baby, an unbreakable bond.

Soroptimist International of Circular Head recognises the importance of this connection and is willing the community to help mothers in this transition.

Raffling a handmade quilt, sewn by Soroptimist Gaylene Timms, all proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new breast pump for the Smithton District Hospital estimated to cost more than $3000.

Sewn with patience and love, Mrs Timms spent countless hours orchestrating the design with each patch taking approximately one week to complete.

“I would knit of a night and embroider during the day,” she said. “It was a big job.”

Inspired by the region, the design features rural Australian elements such as kangaroos and wallabies and was made with only pure Australian wool.

“The blanket represents farming life, I wanted it to come from our country and represent our area . . . the colours of the land,” she said.

After the patches were completed, Mrs Timms’ dear friend Yvonne Burke crocheted the quilt.

Smithton District Hospital welcomes the donation of a breast pump, a vital resource for the community.

“The breast pump helps mothers establish a breastfeeding relationship with their baby,” midwife Jacky Huisman said.

“They’re used for a variety of reasons [and] the hospital is in a position now where it requires a replacement, an up to date version.”

With more than $600 raised already, Soroptimist Claire Porteus said the thoughtful donation represents the group’s vision.

“[It’s about] Helping women and children throughout Circular Head, which is what Soroptimist is about,” Mrs Porteus said.

Raffle tickets are available from the Smithton District Hospital and local pharmacies.

The cost is $2 per ticket or three for $5. The raffle will be drawn on Monday June 20.

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