When Lilly Susanna Jenke started the Heart2Heart project, the goal was simple – to spread love.
The 17-year-old partnered with RNSH dermatology admin officer Minerva Lebmeier and their church, Freshwater Seventh Day Adventist Community Church, to produce heart shaped pillows for patients.
Lilly's passion for sewing was a driving force, while Minerva was able to use her role at the hospital and her contacts to see the project come to fruition.
More than 60 brightly coloured and patterned pillows have been sewn by the community, including 23 by Lilly herself.
"In school I learned to sew, I love it. My pastor's family gave me a sewing machine for my birthday and surprised me with it. I almost started crying," she said.
After moving to Australia from Germany in early 2018, Lilly has settled in Narrabeen, where she attends Freshwater High School.
Seemingly, when her hands haven't been busy with homework, they've been busy with sewing.
Lilly and Minerva chose the fabrics and patterns themselves, paying for the supplies with their own money (including Lilly's birthday money). Lilly even enrolled in a textiles course to help her improve her skills.
"I'm going to keep sewing more of the pillows so we can donate another batch to the patients here," she said.
McGrath breast care nurse Sam Moules said although they weren't supposed to start giving the cushions until Mothers' Day on Sunday – she couldn't resist.
"As soon as I saw the pillows, I had a lady in mind that I knew would love one and when I gave it to her, she was delighted," she said.
Fellow breast care nurse Catrina Ross thanked Lilly and the group for her thoughtfulness and kindness.
"I know Lilly started this project with the goal of spreading love, and she has certainly achieved that," she said.
"It's donations like this that can bring a bit of colour and a smile to our patient's faces; she is a credit to herself and her church."