A stitch in time and a glass of pink stuff

The ladies of the Sewing Sanctuary in Marsh Mill Thornton held a Make Mine Pink patchwork evening to create a quilt which will be raffled to raise money for Blackpool Victoria Hospital's Breast Care Uniit.'Sewing tutor Lynda Pilley (right) explaining quilting techniques to L-R: Kath Curtiss, Emily-Grace Smith and Caroline Bramhall.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'7-2-2014
The ladies of the Sewing Sanctuary in Marsh Mill Thornton held a Make Mine Pink patchwork evening to create a quilt which will be raffled to raise money for Blackpool Victoria Hospital's Breast Care Uniit.'Sewing tutor Lynda Pilley (right) explaining quilting techniques to L-R: Kath Curtiss, Emily-Grace Smith and Caroline Bramhall. PIC BY ROB LOCK'7-2-2014
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It was a ladies night with a difference at the Sewing Sanctuary in Thornton.

The Marsh Mill venue hosted a Make Mine A Pink One event, in order to help out breast cancer patients across the Fylde coast.

More than 20 women came along to take part in the sewing session.

Some ladies who could not make it on the night made pieces at home, then delivered them to the shop.

They were all making squares for a special pink patchwork quilt, which will now be put together by sewing tutor Lynda Pilley, and raffled to raise funds for the Breast Care Centre, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The event was organised by Ruth Boardman and Rena Shanahan, of the Hint of Pink breast cancer charity – both women are breast cancer survivors themselves.

There was a pink-themed buffet at the event, including home-made pink cakes, biscuits and macaroons.

The quilt will be raffled at a charity ball on Saturday, May 24, at the Hilton Hotel and raffle tickets can be bought from Grace and Favour at Marsh Mill, or by calling (01253) 365510.

Caroline Thompson, from The Sewing Sanctuary, said: “It was a lovely night. We had around 20 from our classes and some new faces.

“Lynda, our patchwork tutor, held a raffle and that raised £60, which will go to the charity too.

“We feel it’s important to help local charities and also to help promote the work they do.

“It’s such a good cause.”

Rena and Ruth set up the charity in 2010 to help raise funds to support the work of the breast care unit at The Vic.

They felt they wanted to put something back for the treatment they received, while also helping others.

They have helped buy vital equipment for the unit and other parts of the hospital – including a chair for the mammography section, a comfort cushion for the Macmillan Unit and a special machine for the microbiology department at the hospital, as well as a whole host of other bits and pieces to make the breast care unit more homely, to help put patients at ease through a difficult and traumatic time.