Celebrating the people of Threshold Support Services

Threshold staff making quilt

Our Threshold Support Services recognise the value of each individual and believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and to live life to the full.

Managing Co-Ordinator Fiona Walker recently visited the Whithorn Priory where an exhibition of the 70,273 project was on display. This worldwide collaborative project commemorates the number of babies, children, men and women, who were killed because they were deemed “unworthy of life” by the Nazis between 1940-1941.  

Founder of the project, Jeanne Hewell-Chambers came up with the idea to give each of the individuals their own memorial and in 2016 the ambitious project was born.

Blocks of white fabric, decorated with two red crosses represent the doctors’ evaluations on medical assessments and symbolise each life taken. These are collected and sewn together into large quilts and the project, on completion, will commemorate all 70,273 individuals and be exhibited on display.

As someone who leads a service for people with learning disabilities Fiona was moved by the project and the fact that during World War 2 people who were considered ‘imperfect’ were not valued and so cruelly robbed of life.

Keen to raise awareness Fiona joined with colleagues to participate in the project as both a memorial and as a celebration of the individuality and richness that those who use Threshold Support Services bring:

As well as a commemoration of those who were killed, we chose to make the event a celebration of the people we support here at Threshold, their gifts and achievements. We gave prayers of thanks that we live in a society that recognises the human rights of people with disabilities.

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