Beaudesert Quilters help Zonta create breast care cushions

A group of local women are providing compassion and comfort in the form of a cushion to men and women suffering breast cancer.

The Zonta Club, with the help of the Beaudesert Quilters have been sewing tirelessly to create the pillows which are designed specifically to benefit breast cancer patients.

The washable pillows can be tucked under the arm for support during sleep, used to protect from the pressure of a seat belt or worn under a jacket or blouse to offer protection when moving around in public.

They also make a lovely neck pillow which may come in handy when travelling.

Breast care cushion project co-ordinator Margaret Brennan said the cushions were sent to the Princess Alexandra, Sunnybank and Mater Hospitals where they are given to patients who have just been operated on.

“The nurses place the cushions on the beds, so they are there for the patients to find when they come out of surgery,” she said.

Zonta is an international club which empowers women through service and advocacy.

The Beaudesert chapter has been running the breast care cushion project for 15 years after originally borrowing the idea from a sister group.

“Sadly, the need has increased in the last five years,” Mrs Brennan said.

“This year, for the first time, we are making coloured pillows.

“We hope to help the patients through a stressful time and give them something lovely and comforting.

“It really does feel good to be doing something worthwhile.”

Mrs Brennan thanked the Beaudesert Quilters for generously donating their time and skills each year.

She said the women would make 160-170 cushions in a day’s work.