Dear Love quilts,
Words cannot express how thrilled Humphrey and the whole family are with his quilt which arrived today!
We are bowled over. Minds blown. It’s just incredible.
Every square so carefully and beautifully chosen and stitched, the lovely message on the quilt and stitched card for Humphrey, the brilliant themed backing fabrics (which were an amazing surprise also!) and how it’s all been so wonderfully assembled. Humphrey was over the moon to unwrap it, it was a total surprise for him! Together we and his little sister loved reading each of the names and locations of the stitchers on each square and marvelling at how kind people have been all over the world, as far away as New Zealand, Australia and the USA as well as all over the UK. It was placed on his bed without delay and much admired, it looks sensational and we will take the utmost care of it always. And humphrey feels so cared for and happy.
I’m attaching some photos you are welcome to share with quilters / on your website and social media.
We really are amazed by it and in love with this fabulous quilt and wish to send all our great thanks and best wishes to everyone who contributed to it! It really means so much. Just so touched by the kindness of all these people doing this out of the goodness of their hearts! It restores one’s faith in the world!
Olivia, Humphrey and family
Humphrey was found to be critically ill before he was born and underwent surgery while still in utero. He was born premature and spent the first 5 months of his life on the neonatal unit, where he went through many medical crises and difficult experiences.
His first few years were rocky - Humphrey had 5 operations before age 5, including open heart surgery. He had very delayed motor skills and had to be tube fed. He had lots of therapy to help him to learn to eat, which he first did at age 20 months, and walk, which he did at 2 and a half. He still struggles now with motor skills.
Humphrey is now nearly 11 years old, although he is young for his age, partly because he is body doesn't grow normally due to his Noonan syndrome, so he is the same height as his 7 year old sister, and has difficulty with strength and stamina. He has daily injections of growth hormone to help him grow and gain strength.
Being autistic, with ADHD also, he sees the world and lives his life in his own original way. He is sensitive to various things such as loud sudden noises like timers going off or people clapping and can find situations like busy noisy places very overwhelming - he needs a lot of reassurance and support.
Humphrey is an imaginative and playful boy with boundless enthusiasm about his particular interests - currently police and emergency services. He very much hopes to join the police when he grows up and to work with his own police dog.