Emotional reminder of cancer journey

By Christine McKay

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Dannevirke cancer survivor Gill Allardice with the quilt she won in the Daffodil Day raffle,
Dannevirke cancer survivor Gill Allardice with the quilt she won in the Daffodil Day raffle,

For Dannevirke's Gill Allardice a quilt she won in a Daffodil Day raffle is more than a bed covering - it's an emotional reminder of her own cancer journey.

"The quilt was made by Felicity Ellison and we are both cancer survivors," Gill said. "This is such a powerful piece of work, I cry every time I look at it."

Gill was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, after her regular mammogram at the mobile breast screening unit in Dannevirke.

Always a strong advocate for women's health in our community, Gill is also a keen supporter of cancer fundraisers.

"When I won the quilt in the raffle I felt as though I'd been rewarded," she said.

"I cried then and I still cry when I look at it and I decided to have it hang at the SHB Federation of Women's Institute's annual craft show, because I wanted every woman to see it. It tells the story of a woman's journey through cancer and is such an emotive piece of work."

Gill won't be placing the quilt on a bed in her home, but will instead hang it on the wall as a constant reminder of the journey she and quilter Felicity have been on.
"Since I was diagnosed I've been a bit evangelistic," she said.

"But the more of us who talk about breast cancer the better."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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