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  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns

Hospice craft group's £100,000 celebration

VOLUNTEERS from the Farleigh Hospice Craft Group had a double cause for celebration this week – the tenth anniversary of the group and the fabulous achievement of raising £100,000 from the sale of its goods.

The very active Braintree branch has just moved to its new meeting place at The Hawthorns retirement facility at Meadow Park and group co-ordinator, Sheila Gunson, was in a very upbeat mood.

"We’ve come a long way since the craft group started in 2001 from a small office in New London Road, Chelmsford. We hold on average four events a month when we sell the goods made by our wonderful team of volunteers and we are so thrilled to have reached the grand total of £100,640 following our most recent event.

"I know the Braintree branch is delighted with its new meeting place in the activities lounge at The Hawthorns. It’s absolutely perfect for us and we can’t thank The Hawthorns enough for offering us use of the lounge once a month.

"We make everything from teddies to cushions and quilts and even home-made marmalade. We can also make items to order so if anyone has a specific request, we are happy to try and oblige."

Marie Marshall, Manager at The Hawthorns, where residents are offered a unique retirement lifestyle akin to a luxury, full-service apartment style experience covered by one simple, all-inclusive monthly rental, said: "Some of our residents have already joined in with the group. They make some gorgeous items and we are delighted to host the group."

The next meeting of the craft group at The Hawthorns is on April 7 at 2.15pm. Further information can be obtained from Sheila on 01621 816084.