Project Linus originated in America, December 1995 when Karen Loucks saw a newspaper article showing how much a comfort blanket had helped a child cancer victim and decided to organise blankets for her local children’s cancer unit and started spreading the word. Since that time over 3,000,000 blankets and quilts have been delivered worldwide. Project Linus started in the UK in March 2000 as a result of a quilter’s desire to help children in need. It has now spread to cover most of the UK. Since 2000 UK volunteers have created over 145,000 quilts.