The response to our launch of our community's GladRags project has been fantastic! It's a thrill to be able to share with you the pictures of the first squares that have started to come in. It really lifts the spirits to see the wonderful things that are helping us all to stay glad during this difficult time.

Of course we started by encouraging our own small staff team to have a go as well as friends and family. It doesn't matter how old you are or whether you know how to sew. This is something we can all enjoy; cutting and glueing are good options for those of us new to working with materials. 

WHP team member Catherine was inspired by the animals in her life: cat Betty and horse Luna. While Carolyn has focussed on the joy of getting groceries delivered to the door. 

We've also started to receive squares from friends and supporters. These lovely efforts are by Christine Day, and Helen Ritchie. Christine's subject of books and blossom are certainly a glad-making combination. I love Helen's skilful depiction of Friday Night Quiz Night at home.

It's been fascinating to see all the different sorts of materials and techniques that have been used: embroidery, sewing, quilting, drawing. Materials used so far include old pillow cases, redundant clothes, buttons, miscellaneous thread, off cuts and packing ribbons. You don't need to buy any materials; use what you already have at home.  

I couldn't help but notice that all our squares so far have been created by women. Come on the men out there- have a go! It would also be exciting to see some squares made by younger members of our community; it's a great way for kids to channel some of their creative energy for an afternoon. 

Please send pictures of your squares to us at [email protected] we would love to share them. Some makers are choosing to remain anonymous, which is absolutely fine- so don't be put off, just let us know whether you'd like to be named. 

All efforts are welcome and equally important- so keep them coming! We look forward to sharing more with you next week. 

Stay safe everybody.