Blanket made to honour Tarland girl’s memory

Some of Alanah's favourite things: Gladys Davidson holds up the blanket she made in memory of her daughter
Some of Alanah's favourite things: Gladys Davidson holds up the blanket she made in memory of her daughter

The mother of a young Tarland girl who died from a heart condition has made a blanket of some her favourite things to honour her memory.

Alanah Davidson was only 17 when she was struck down with dilated cardiomyopathy in 2009, and though her mother, Gladys Davidson, donated the majority of her things to charity, there were a few items that held too many memories to get rid of.

“I was watching TV one day,” explained Gladys, “and on the programme there was a similar situation in America. A woman had lost her son, and then she took some of his things and made them into a teddy bear.

“That’s when I realised I was going to make a blanket out of Alanah’s things that I couldn’t part with.”

The blanket uses Alanah’s favourite duvet cover as a base, and is then largely comprised of her favourite clothes, swimming and Guide badge, as well as other items relating to her family.

Before starting, Gladys went to local craft shop, the Krafy Neuk, for some advice - resulting in Isla Black helping to oversee the three-month project.

Isla said: “She’s worked an absolute miracle with the types of fabrics she used. She used a lot of different mediums, with some quite stretchy materials, which can be hard to work with.”

Gladys said: “It was hard at first, cutting into her clothes and the fabrics, seeing them get chopped up, but as the blanket came together I knew I had made the right decision.”

The blanket will be hung in Gladys’ bedroom.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and connot pump blood efficiently. Alanah’s father died from a form of it in the year 2000.