Last week, the Community Gateway team visited two of their independent living residents, Bill O’Shaughnessy and Patricia Shuttleworth, to say a big thank you for their generous wool donations to the newly created CGA Knitting Club.
The club, set up by CGA employees, Paul Fleming, Suzanne Mansbridge and Paula Lister, has been established as just one of CGA’s initiatives to improve employee’s wellbeing and received a great turn out on their first meeting.
The new group was mentioned to the residents at a community event, which prompted Bill, of Chapelford, to very kindly donate his late wife’s wool. When the team visited – he reminisced about stories of how she would make knitted dolls for the hospital that their daughter worked in and proudly displayed her cross – stiched pictures on his walls.
“I am happy the wool is being used at Community Gateway, my wife loved knitting and I am glad it’s being put to good use”.
Patricia, of Leyburn, also very generously donated some wool and upon visiting her to present her gifts, also donated an extra box of baby clothes for charity.
PVC Business Support Officer, Kerry Stevens, attended the knitting class and told us how grateful she was of the donations:
“Wellbeing at work is so important and businesses are really starting to realise this now. This knitting class is just one step in the right direction - all the teams and I at CGA want to thank Bill and Patricia for helping us, it really reinforces that we are a community”.
From everyone at CGA, we want to thank both for their generosity, all donations are extremely appreciated.