71-year-old Catherine Harley from Hepworth House care home in Wakefield has been sharing her knowledge of sewing with a member of staff, teaching her how to make a plush pumpkin for Halloween.
Helen Brady, an Activities Coordinator at Hepworth House, had always admired Catherine’s sewing skills. In the past, Catherine had made clothes for her children and even made her own wedding dress, hand-sewing pearls to the gown.
When Catherine offered to teach Helen how to sew, the pair set up their own private lessons. Catherine said, ‘I love to sew and have done it throughout my life. I am very proud of the many items I made over the years particularly my wedding dress.
‘I enjoyed helping Helen improve her skills, and I’m very proud of her for not giving up even when she got frustrated with herself at times. I’d love to teach others should they ask.’
Helen added, ‘I’ve always enjoyed crafts particularly knitting and crochet but never been able to sew very well.
‘Cath was so kind and patient with me as I was learning, making sure I understood the different techniques to use. She made such a good teacher; she is such a patient and caring person to everyone at Hepworth House.’
The Home Manager at Hepworth House, Helen Batty, commented, ‘We have so many kind and talented residents in our home, we feel very lucky when they want to share their talents with us.
‘We all have fantastic relationships with our residents, and it was wonderful to watch Catherine and Helen bond over their sewing lessons.
To find out more about living at Hepworth House, you can call 01924 973 699 or email Hepworth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hepworth House is a luxury residential and dementia care home, operated by Ideal Carehomes, rated OUTSTANDING by the CQC (Care Quality Commission). Offering 24-hour, person-centred care, Hepworth House is proud to be named a Top 20 Care Home by carehome.co.uk.