Local MP Luke Pollard is seeking volunteers in Plymouth to collaborate on a Covid Memorial Quilt

The Quilt is a creative project, asking people across Plymouth to come contribute a patch to reflect on their experiences of the pandemic. 

The patches contributed will be sewn together, and the Plymouth Covid Memorial Quilt will be displayed later this year alongside – a collection of statements that will explore the experiences behind each square. 

Luke is asking as many people as possible to have the opportunity to take part, no matter what their skill level in quilting and sewing. 

Commenting, Luke Pollard MP said:

“The pandemic has shown us what matters to each of us: family, friends, health and nature. I want to invite people in Plymouth to join me for a moment of remembrance to those we lost and to thank those key workers, neighbours, friends and strangers who stepped up to help us in our moment of need. The Plymouth COVID quilt will be a chance to put our thanks in physical form and I encourage people to get their sowing kits out.”

Peverell resident Valerie Davies-Webb, who is part of a team of volunteers who will be involved in bringing together the final quilt, said: 

“I was delighted to hear about Luke’s concept of a Covid Memorial Quilt. Lockdown prevented our quilting group from being able to meet so this is an exciting opportunity to reunite with them whilst collaborating remotely with people across Plymouth. My mother taught me how to quilt and I’m looking forward to getting my grandchildren involved with this project, passing those skills to the next generation.” 

If you would like to contribute your own 10” square, email me at [email protected] or visit Luke’s website for further details. https://www.lukepollard.org/ Embroidery, fabric paint, written words: feel free to choose any medium to express your personal stories.