Snugglybug Rugs - a charity project sponsored by Hugs 'n Kisses
I'm very proud that my daughter is now a paediatric nurse at the Royal Hobart Hospital and after watching our program over the years now brings home the requests and presents the quilts to the children. She now sees first hand the effect they have on the kids and works alongside my two nurse friends who started all of this.
At a charity stitch-in I held down here when I first arrived in Tasmania, I had two friends helping me who are not stitchers at all, but they are paediatric nurses at the Royal Hospital here in Hobart. What they saw and experienced on the day was the overwhelming impact a group of sharing, caring women had on each other and the possibilities this could lead to.
In conversation with the girls, we launched the 'Snugglybug Rug Project' as a way to provide a ‘snuggle’ quilt to each child diagnosed with either a terminal disease or a long term requiring treatment disease in Tasmania. Some of the kids she nurses there are in and out of the hospital for many years. Some have a lot of family support, others have very little. The staff there become very attached to their‘kids’ and are a major part of their treatment lives. Some have a special teddy or token of some sort, others have none. A quilt which could be taken to every appointment, treatment cycle,hospital stay to be wrapped ‘snug as a bug in a rug’ has an enormous supporting effect. The head of the unit and the head of Paediatric Oncology have been consulted on this and both also agree that it is of great significance and assistance to the children.
When a child is nominated, their favourite colours/themes will be given and a request sent out to the 'Snugglybug' MAILING LIST. We just need 9 block makers and an assembler for each quilt. The assembler's address is given to the block makers and all blocks are posted to her on completion to be put together. It is then sent to our lovely quilting volunteers for orders and quilting. Once complete it is returned to me to be 'finished' ( the border is fringed (very soft and tactile) and a label added) it is then presented to the child along with a permanent fabric pen and care instructions, etc.
The design of the quilt as pictured below allows for both a conversational print, if suitable, and plain patches for messages of support and love to be written by special doctors, carers, family members, etc. So if you would like to be an ongoing part of it (remember you only put your hand up for a block each time a request is made, so if you cannot do it at the time you don’t put your hand up for that one!) Please fill out and submit the form below.
Feel free also to offer your services for assembling or quilting, even one per year. Any offers of polar fleece backing, quilting thread, pens, labels or cash, etc are also gratefully accepted.
One person can only do so much but many people can do A WHOLE LOT MORE!
Sign up here now if you wish to be a part of this project.
We have made over 100 quilts as of 2019, and have tried to keep a list of those presented. Note: due to patient privacy reasons I am not told the name of the children and as such we allocate them a name following the alphabet - hence all names following are not their real names.
Boy 4 trucks request made march 19 Lyndon
Boy 16 St Kilda request made march 19 Kyle
Boy 12 carlton request made march 19 Jasper
3 year old girl jan 19 Izzy
Harry 16 year old boy request made dec 18
Gina - 2 year old girl request made Dec 18
Francina 9 year old girl request made 12 sept 18
Edwina 3 yrs request made 14 may 18
Davinia 17 mths request made 15 janu 2018
Chrissie 13 years request made 18 oct 17
Bobbie 12 years request made 18 oct 17
Arabella 4 years request made 23 jun 17
Zara 11 year old girl - purples moderns - request made 12 jun 17
Yolanda 7 month baby girl - request made 12 jun 17
Xander 3 year old boy - paw patrol - request made 12 jun 17
Wade request made 27 sept 16
Vance request made 27 sept 16
Ugo request made 27 Sept 16
Timothy 7 years request made 6 july 16
Simon 7 yrs request made 5 june 16
Ritchie 11 month old request made 5 april 16
Quentin 7 year old boy request made 1 april 2016
PJ - baby born after Mum died in an accident Jan 16
ozzie 2 yr old - mum killed in accident Jan 16
Kerryn - mum - A mother of one of our recipients also was doing it tough with a battle of her own.
We decided to make her her own quilt to snuggle in.
Nissa - Ella - 9 years - 3rd time - request made 2 dec 15
Mandy 4 year old girl - request made 6 nov 15
Liam 2 year old boy request made 6 nov 15
Kane 8 year old boy - request made 6 nov 15
Jemma 5 mth girl request made 6 nov 15
9 year old girl - India - likes butterflies, fairies pink and purple request made 6 nov 15
Howie 5 yrs request made 12 jan 15
Greg boy 2 years request made 28 oct 14
Frederick boy 6 months request made 28 oct `4
Eddie 16 year old boy - hawthorn request made 28 oct 14
Daniel 2 years request made 28 july 2014
Caleb 14 yrs request made 29 June 14
Betsy 9 yrs requiresed Apr 24 2014
Annabelle 13 years request made 28 Jan
Zane 10 year old boy request made 4 march 14
Yani 6 month old girl request made 15 oct
xander 13 year old boy request made 15 oct
Will 13 yo boy request made 3 july 13
Verne 12 yo boy request made 3 july 13
Timmy 15 year old boy
Sally 15 year old girl request made from Project
Rosie 5 years girl request made 8 march 13
Quin boy 5 years request made 27th Feb 2013
Monty 14 year old boy 27 oct 12
Liam 16 year old boy request made 27 october 12
Scotty 12 year old boy request made June 10 completed and delivered
Nelly 12 yr girl request made Jan 10 - finished and presented
Lottie - 4 yr girl request made Jan 10 finished and presented Feb 10.
Jilly 18mth girl - request made Jan 10- finished and presented March 10
Izzie - 12 year old girl -request made Nov 1 2009 delivered Dec 09 comfort to her.
Quinn - 6 year old Boy - request made 5th October 07 Carlton FC Fan
Rosie - 14 year old girl - request made 28th June 07 full completed
Boy - Patrick 4 1/2 years old - likes Blue and tools request made 25th June 2007
Girl 9 years Old - Olivia request made 12 April 2007 completed
George 15 year old boy - Essendon Fan completed request made: 1 September 2006
Girl, - Daisy request made: 23rd December 2005
David 3 year old boy request made from Project - whole quilt given by Jose
Penelope 5 yrs request made 20 dec 2012
Ollie 3 yrs request made 1 nov 2012
Kim - 6 yr old boy request made 21 Sept 2012
Harriet, 3 yrs - request made 11 Aug 2012 –
Isla - 11 yrs - request made 11 Aug 2012 -
Jasper - 3 1/2 yrs - request made 11 Aug 2012
George = 4 year old boy request made 18th November 2011 -
Fran - 2 yrs Request made June 2011 -
Evan - 5 yrs request made 24 June 2011 - delivered
Dottie 9 year old girl request made 18 March 11
Caity 3 year old girl request made 24Jan 11
Adam 16 year old request made 20 Dec 2010
Briony 14 year old girl request made 20 dec 2010
Yolanda - 16 year old girl request made 9th September 2010
Xenia - 7 year old girl request made 9th September 2010 delivered
Victor 14 year old boy likes south African rugby team Springboks.
Ursula 4 year old girl request made June 10 completed and delivered
Tristan 8 year old Boy
Ruby 14 yr old girl request made June 10 completed and delivered
As we have many volunteers, I will try and share the load around. Email your acceptance in and I will confirm your involvement. Do not start your block until you receive your confirmation, as we may have too many volunteers for the quilt.
Most of us have children, and if you haven’t gone through the process of watching and caring for a sick, frightened child, then we can only imagine how difficult it is both for the child and those that love them. If through a small part of your time doing something you are passionate about we can ease the pain and ‘loneliness’ of the process in any way, I am more than eager to do it.