Stitches of Love and Kindness was originally set up to help raise awareness about an illness called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (formally known as M.E.). This illness is widely misunderstood and this can lead to sufferers feeling alone and abandoned with no one to turn to. The aim of SOLAK was to send quilts to the sufferers to let them know that there was someone out in the world who understood and cared and at the same time introduce people, who might not otherwise have even heard of it, to CFS.
The project was launched on the internet in April 2001 and since then has grown to include over 200 members from all over the world. One of the best things for me is that a lot of our members are CFS sufferers themselves and many other members have similar or other long-term health problems. Not only do we all aim to help others but within the group we can also help each other with love, comfort, understanding and support.
SOLAK has been extremely successful, more so than I had ever hoped for, and it soon became clear that there were many many people who deserved one of our quilts just to let them know they were not alone in their battle for health. We now send quilts to anyone with long-term illnesses and wish them all a safe and speedy recovery.