Ann Hill

6 Jan 2021 - 18:12

Having been taught how to quilt by her granny in Shetland, Trustee Ann Hill has shared her passion in the region and beyond and has now been awarded the British Empire Medal for her voluntary work.

During the pandemic Ann, who lives in Mouswald, has encouraged the members of  Shambellie Quilters from throughout our region to make over 600 “quilted hugs” – quilts made for the vulnerable and elderly during Covid-19 and requested by someone who recognised they would benefit from the gift.    In collaboration with The People’s Project, she has also encouraged the regions quilters to make and distribution more than 2,000 free face masks for food banks.

Ann is mostly known for her work in raising awareness of dementia, using her skills to create memory trigger quilts for people with Alzheimers in the region.

As Quilter in Residence for Alzheimer Scotland, she organised the Hampden Park Quilt Challenge which involved 3,000 quilters from the UK, America, Europe and Japan creating 5,012 quilts, raising £100,000.

Ann has since gone on to raise another £50,000.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is absolutely lovely. It has come out of the blue and I can’t wait to see my kids’ faces when they hear the news.   It is something good that has come to my adopted home of Dumfries and Galloway, and that thrills me no end.”