Display promises sew much

Foggy Furze Quilters and Embroiderers' members (left to right) Lorna Scott, Pauline Screeton and Sheila Walsh with Hartlepool & District Hospice's community fundraiser Janice Forbes (second from left)
Foggy Furze Quilters and Embroiderers' members (left to right) Lorna Scott, Pauline Screeton and Sheila Walsh with Hartlepool & District Hospice's community fundraiser Janice Forbes (second from left)
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KIND quilters and embroiderers have plans for an exhibition all sewn up.

More than 200 items will be on display at the Marine Hotel, in Seaton Carew, as the Foggy Furze Quilters and Embroiderers take the chance to show off their beautiful handmade designs.

The exhibition, which is held every two years by the group, will also include a raffle and a tombola in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The Wells Avenue-based hospice was chosen to benefit from the display, in memory of Carol Langston, a member of the group who was cared for at the hospice before she passed away in December last year.

As their way of saying thanks for the care the hospice provided, members of the group have spent nine months working on a quilt which will be raffled.

The event will take place on Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, from 10am-5pm and entry is free.

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: “I am really looking forward to attending the exhibition.

“I have seen the quilt the members are raffling and it is absolutely stunning.

“I would like to thank the group for choosing to raise funds for Hartlepool & District Hospice.”

The idea to start a patchwork group in Hartlepool was the brainchild of Marie Elliot, of Whitburn Heart Quilters, around 20 years ago.

Ten members started out at the Spa Centre, in Eldon Grove in the town, but the group adopted the name Foggy Furze Quilters and Embroiderers when they moved to Foggy Furze Library.

They moved on again last year to Seaton Carew Social Club after the library was closed.

The patchwork group meet at the club, in Station Lane, every Monday from 2pm-4pm and the embroidery group gather on a Thursday at the same time.

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at the hospice, said: “The exhibition will be a wonderful display of intricate work from the group and I hope that the money raised by the raffle reflects the amount of time and dedication the group have put into the creation of the quilt.

“The hospice is the only provider of specialist palliative care to adults from the communities of Hartlepool and east Durham and this kind of support from the local community is what ensures that the hospice can continue to provide these vital services.”