Big C Cloth of Kindness project launched in King’s Lynn
A community-led textile arts project has been launched at the King’s Lynn centre of Norfolk’s cancer charity Big C.
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 to make a Cloth of Kindness.
Patches will be hand-stitched by Big C service-users in the Big C Centre for a cloth to be used by the charity’s visitors 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, C14th mystic famous for the phrase ‘All shall be well and all shall be well’ and the beautiful embroidered letters of Lorina Bulmer, resident in the Great Yarmouth Workhouse in the late C19th.
Sally-Anne 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, Deputy CEO of Big C said: “This is a lovely project which brings people together socially and enables them to produce something collectively for the benefit of others.”
Three additional Cloths of Kindness have been created at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) chapel and the Norwich and Great Yarmouth Big C centres for its visitors.
King’s Lynn Centre Manager, Tonia King said: “We had to bring out more chairs at the first session, service users really enjoyed it and found it thought-provoking.”
Sally Anne adds, “Thanks to Awards for All #NationalLottery players for making our project possible! We’re making a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in King’s Lynn. Workshops run in the Big C centre, 32 Norfolk Street King’s Lynn, PE30 1AH on Tuesdays from 2.15pm to 4.15pm 12th June 2018 to 10th July 2018.