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.

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"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."