From Marlo With Love – Crocheted Blankets a Gift of Warmth and Welcome

Jill Crouch has crocheted and donated 38 blankets to Oncology patients over the past 12 months. Photos: Jake Lynch/BRHS


This really is an amazing place.

Sometimes it seems like everywhere you turn at BRHS there is someone doing something remarkable.

This is a community powered by the astonishing commitment of our staff, and the extraordinary generosity of our volunteers and the many people that contribute to life at the hospital in a myriad of ways.

One of those people is Jill Crouch of Marlo.

Jill’s daughter Hayley has been attending the BRHS Oncology Department for the past year or so, to receive regular weekly treatment.

And every week Mum comes along to keep her company, and sits patiently beside Hayley for the several hours her treatment takes each time.

Never one to sit idle, Jill crochets blankets. And after another visitor to Oncology remarked on how lovely they were, Jill got the idea to give the blankets to the other Oncology patients.

“We like to give one to the newbies,” Jill said. “Something to comfort them a little, make them feel welcome.”

It takes Jill about 20 hours to finish a blanket.

It takes Jill about 20 hours to finish each one, and to date she has completed and donated 38 blankets.

Associate Nurse Unit Manager Wendy Whitechurch says the other patients and visitors have been delighted with the gifts.

“It’s a really wonderful and generous contribution for Jill and Hayley to make,” Wendy said. “The patients are so appreciative. Many of them will send cards saying thank you – I think people are really touched by such a thoughtful gesture.”

Never one to seek attention for her efforts, Jill was a bit embarrassed when we stopped by Oncology to take some photos and write a story about her this week. Like many generous volunteers, she doesn’t think what she is doing is so amazing.

“I’ve crocheted all my life,” she said. “I guess it runs in the family.”

Jill’s mother made knitted items for several charities over many decades, including knitting baby beanies for Monash Children’s Hospital.

We think that’s a superb family tradition to continue, and thank Jill wholeheartedly for her generosity and kindness.