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22 November 2022

A Stitch in Time

2 minute read

Lakeside purchased a sewing machine for one of their residents after discovering her love for the craft.

Marion Derbyshire, 93, has been a master of the machine since she was a child and worked at Coops Clothing Factory for almost 50 years.

Staff at Lakeside are hoping to get a few tips from the Seamstress to ‘make do and mend’ as the cost of living continues to rise.

“When it comes to sewing Marion has helped us with a few things before. She really does enjoy it so we thought we would surprise her with her own machine!

“As a home, we want to find out what makes our residents tick so we can make their days as enjoyable as possible. Staff are looking forward to learning some new skills that will save some money and Marion’s looking forward to giving them a hand!”

Ash Jennings - Activity Coordinator

“I always liked sewing, my mother taught me when I was young and then I went to work at Coops. They made suits and waistcoats, a proper clothier!

“I was thrilled to bits when Ash gave me the machine. I can do what I want now, all their sewing! It’s not everybody’s cup of tea but it’s good to know, it’s not cheap today having to pay for jobs so if I can help, great!"

Marion - Resident
Kathryn Barton
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