Tweed Waters

Lee brings comfort one stitch at a time

Lee brings comfort one stitch at a time

SIXTEEN YEARS AGO, LEE WINTERBOTTOM BEGAN MAKING QUILTS FOR CHILDREN AT THE LISMORE BASE HOSPITAL. SHE LOVED IT SO MUCH THAT HER CHARITY WORK HAS NOW EXPANDED TO INCLUDE MANY MORE WORTHWHILE CAUSES.

The GemLife Tweed Waters homeowner last year donated 125 quilts to Lismore Base Hospital’s Mental Health Unit for adolescents and children and the palliative care unit at St Vincent’s Hospital in Lismore.

“I’ve also spread my wings to providing quilts through the foster care system for children impacted by the Lismore floods, as well as to the oncology wards at Lismore and Ballina hospitals and, from June this year, at the new Tweed Heads Hospital,” said Lee.

Sewing charity quilts has become almost a daily obsession for the talented quilter who admits to having a passion for the craft.

“The children who receive the quilts get such comfort out of them and we ensure the quilts are bright and cheery, so it
makes them feel happy despite what they are going through, which is hugely important,” said Lee who has now set up her own small group of charity quilt makers – all friends who wanted to help.

Lee said volunteers are a vital part of every community and there is such a great need for more.

“Charities wouldn’t survive without volunteers and there is nothing more rewarding than being able to make someone else’s life a little better or happier.”