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More than $4,000 raised for NICU through quilting

Photo: L – Rebecca and Oliver R – Leanne Colmer, Joan O’Sullivan, Betty McLean (quilt maker)

Rebecca Clews and her 19 month old son Oliver are on a mission to fundraise $35,000 for a portable cardiac monitor for Waikato Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Thanks to Betty Mclean, Linda Young and Heather Clark for crafting and donating a beautifully embroidered quilt; Rebecca and Oliver were able to raise $4,670 in a raffle.

When Waikato DHB social worker Leanne Colmer gave a speech to the Waikato Patchworkers and Quilters Guild about NICU, Betty McLean jumped at the chance to donate this quilt to help raise the needed funds.

“I had this lovely quilt for show and tell that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with after. Putting it in a cupboard was ridiculous and I was just delighted to be able to give it to this cause.

“I have to give special credit to my daughter Linda Young, and Heather Clark who did the detailed embroidery on the quilt.”

Shirley Knight was the lucky winner of the quilt drawn at the NICU unit on Wednesday 30 November.

More about Rebecca and Oliver’s givealittle cause

Oliver was born 4 months early with his brother Charlie. Charlie passed away when he was two weeks old. Oliver has kept on going, bringing absolute joy to their family every day.

What NICU did for our family deserved more than a cake said Rebecca Clews so we’re trying to give back to the unit with our givealittle fundraising effort.

“Thank you so much Betty and the quilters who helped our family and NICU. Your generosity and the money raised will help us out immensely. We can’t really explain how grateful we are.”

Visit Rebecca and Oliver’s givealittle page to find out more about their story and the vital portable cardiac monitoring equipment they are fundraising for.

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