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Leominster nursing home residents have crafty hobby all stitched up
12:33pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
THE work of people living at a Leominster nursing home was displayed at an international exhibition earlier this month.
West Eaton Nursing Home residents worked with three Hereford College of Arts students in the ‘suitcase project’ to create a quilt.
It was displayed with 3,000 others at the NEC near Birmingham.
The project – funded by the Big Lottery – brought people together from the Heritage Manor Group, Hereford College of Arts and the Arts and Older People based at the Courtyard Hereford.
Rita Graham, activity co-ordinator at West Eaton Nursing Home, said: “The benefits the residents experienced were really lovely; the relationships they built between the young people was nice to see and they were pleased to meet young people with an interest in the craft of quilting.
“The students’ visits generated lots of conversations about living in days gone by when people had to ‘make do and mend’.
"The residents and students along with staff stitched the swatches that made up our quilt.”
The work that was displayed at the NEC's International Quilting Exhibition will now go on display at The Courtyard in Hereford from October to December.
“We are very proud to have been involved in such an amazing project, and we look forward to the next one. Our thanks go to the MS society as they provided the transport for us and without them we could not have made the trip,” Rita added.
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