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Cloth of Kindness at Big C Centre

A community-led textile arts project has donated two cloths of kindness to the Big C Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH). 

The cloth of kindness is an innovative health and wellbeing project which brings together people of all ages and abilities to embroider their thoughts and experiences of kindness on individual patches which are then sewn together.

Patches were hand-stitched by people in the Big C Centre and chapel in the NNUH, for the charity’s service users. The youngest contributor was six-year-old Elspeth Wright.

The cloths of kindness will be used at the centre by patients in the relaxation room, where it is hoped they will bring comfort.

The first cloth of kindness was made by artist Sally-Anne Lomas and was inspired by the writings of Julian of Norwich and the embroidered letters of Lorina Bulmer, resident in the Great Yarmouth Workhouse in the late 19th century.

Ms Lomas said: “The sewing skills needed to participate in a cloth of kindness are basic and easily learnt. It is a low energy, creative activity open to everyone and the focus on kindness is uplifting. Each patch is personal and unique, but sewn together they make something even greater as a whole.”

Nikki Morris, Big C deputy chief executive of Big C added: “This is a lovely project which brings people together socially and enables them to explore their own spirituality a little further, while producing something collectively for the benefit of others.”

It is hoped the project will into Big C’s centres at Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn.

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