MBS helps keep hands busy at Doe Lea Craft and Chat Group
Mansfield Building Society Community Support Scheme has donated £470 to Doe Lea Resource Centre Craft and Chat Group in Derbyshire for the purchase of a sewing machine and fabric.
The group, which organises a range of craft workshops, runs a programme which brings together volunteers from the local community to work with Alzheimers and dementia patients or those that have suffered a stroke to create sensory quilts for patients suffering from these conditions.
Sensory quilts, known as Fidget Quilts, are designed to safely stimulate and soothe users through the use of fabric, colours, textures and accessories such as pockets, buttons and ribbons to calm the often restless hands of sufferers.
Gwenda Culkin, organiser of the group, said “While there is a substantial amount of hand sewing involved in the decoration of the quilts, the new sewing machine will enable the construction of the quilts to be technically stronger than if they were hand stitched and allow for longer use and industrial washing. Through The Mansfield’s funding we will be able to offer more volunteers the chance to learn how to use a sewing machine and get involved in our programme.”
Tom Molloy, Assistant Branch Manager at the Chesterfield branch who presented the cheque said “Visiting the centre today it was great to see people offering their time for such a wonderful cause, and I am delighted that The Mansfield is able to help. All quilts are donated via community care homes to local people suffering from Alzheimers, dementia or those who have suffered a stroke, with several members of the group creating the quilts also suffering from these conditions. A lot of time and effort goes in to creating each quilt, and whilst no two are the same, every quilt has a very personal experience attached to it.”
Picture: members of the Doe Lea Craft and Chat Group
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