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Fighting to Save our NHS from profiteers
You can still join the project and be part of making a difference.
Passionate about the NHS?
Have something to say about this last year of pandemic and how the country has been run?
999 Call for the NHS invite you to join us in continuing the long tradition of using textiles to record social and historical events. Making sure that future generations will be able to look at them and find out more about the global event we have all been through.
The quilts are recording our experiences, our stories of the 'Year of Covid' . The thoughts and reflections of people around the country. And what is abundantly clear - the need for a truly NATIONAL public health system that is publicly funded, managed and owned with the people as its priority, not profit.
We are proud to be running Threads Of Survival. We would love to welcome more people to take part.
Use the form above or email us to find out more.
The project is open to all. All ages. All backgrounds. And all levels of skill.
The fabric of our society is rich & complex and this project reflects this.
Threads of Survival has people together both locally and nationally. To talk. To create.
To gain new understanding and to reach out to people who may not feel they have a voice.
Quilt themes include: Family loss, NHS Staff, care homes, fear, children, the elderly, job losses, social distance and isolation, the confusion of testing, politicians, mutual aid groups, discovering new communities, new hobbies... the ideas have all come through team discussions.
IS THIS "POLITICAL"?
It worries us that people have become so afraid of the word. When we are asked that question we know people are asking "which side are you on?".
We are NOT attached to ANY of the political parties.
If we were that would exclude people. The NHS needs all of us.
But we are certainly political and we make no apology for that. It is vital that people realise that democracy depends on them participating in it. Their voices and ideas are what makes a society work.
We believe people having a fair say in how the country is run is POLITICAL. The NHS was and still is one of the greatest POLITICAL visions this country has ever produced. It began in politics and it is only politics driven by people who care that can save it.
Our hearts are focused on saving the NHS from private corporate control and that is going to need people from all sides of the political spectrum to come together and see sense - not party ideology.
We are people who care and we know we are not alone.
Over a year in the making, Threads Of Survival has been met with overwhelming messages of support from the hundreds of visitors who came to see it during the British Textile Biennial in Burnley, Lancashire.
There are now 20 quilts and textile art pieces created by over 140 people across the country. And we are looking at touring them over the next year.
Our month long residency at the National Trust Gawthorpe Hall was visited by over 800 people and the positive response was truly heartening. The quilts have moved people to tears, raised emotions and arguments and have made people see the NHS and the current pandemic situation in a different light.
CAN YOU HELP US
WITH A SMALL DONATION?
The response to the project has been wonderful and people are asking if we can tour the quilts in their area.
We would love to.
But we require some help
with funds for transport
If you can spare a few quid
to help us get this exhibition on the road please use the
DONATE button below.
Any contribution will be welcomed and greatly appreciated. We are all volunteers and every penny goes directly to the project.
"From someone who has worked for the NHS for over 33years - I thank you for your exhibition from my heart!"
"A brilliant and powerful collection"
A new website is launching soon
We are keeping the project open and we would love more patchwork squares for the next national quilts.
There are two ways you can take part:
1. INDIVIDUAL - create a square or rectangle piece to the national and regional quilts. You can join others in online creative chats and explore ideas together. Pieces can be sent to us and we will organise putting the pieces together.
2. GROUPS - a wonderful way to work with friends and members of your community. Say something about the NHS in your area. Your memories.
Use the form below to get involved.
We look forward to meeting you.
"This is so moving and thought-provoking. And skillful. And heartwarming. And clever. And angry - which is good. And inspirational. And spirited. And timely. Thank you"
"Brilliant! These will be part of history for years to come and help those that follow us to understand these crazy times. When all the newspapers and TV
are all forgotten."
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