Q4IS was started by Brenda Lincoln, a former member of the Territorial Army's Royal Signals Regiment, together with a group of friends in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, in 2009. Brenda's initial inspiration came from her Husband Dave who suffered injuries as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) in the Royal Signals. Brenda had heard that injured servicemen & women returning from war-torn parts of the globe were often given a quilt. She wanted to show her gratitude to these heroes and also give them a tangible reminder of the respect she feels they deserve.
Brenda and Dave were later joined by a like-minded couple, John Franks, a former Royal Marine, and his Wife Dee and the project Quilts for Injured Servicemen (Q4IS) was formed.
"In 2011, whilst on a visit to Headley Court, (a Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, formerly RAF Headley Court, in Headley, near Leatherhead, Surrey, England), to deliver a batch of quilts, we met a very nice lady, Agnes, from Support Our Soldier (SOS). We mentioned that our sewing machines were getting a bit tired and worn, like people do, and that we may not be able to continue if we couldn't find replacements.
Agnes jumped straight in saying she would ask the trustees of SOS if they could help us. Within a matter of days we had a reply and two weeks later two brand new, top-of-the-range machines arrived.
We soon set to work again and due to the generosity of SOS we have continued onwards and upwards. In August 2012 we broke the 1,000 quilts barrier - a fantastic effort by ALL. We're sure that with this sort of help and cooperation Q4IS is safe."
Brenda, Dave, John and Dee are now the nucleus of Q4IS which is run as a non-profit making charitable organisation dedicated to bringing a smile to our brave young heroes while thanking them for the sacrifice they have made for Queen and country.