Crafty staff create festive cheer

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2013
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MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

CROFT CHRISTMAS: Croft staff have added a touch of Christmas cheer to the home thanks to their crafty ways. Caregiver Sandra Hurst, left, and nurse Marie Beeby, right have created wreaths and Christmas stockings to deck the halls. With them is resident Gayna Hardy.

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The Croft rest home is feeling and looking festive thanks to the crafty talents of its staff.

Handmade Christmas stockings are hung on each of the residents doors and wreaths adorn the hallways of the Timaru home.

Nurse Marie Beeby made the 37 individual christmas stockings out of recycled material including one made out of an old tea towel.

Miss Beeby said she makes all sorts of craft for the residents and their faces light up when they see what she has made.

Caregiver Sandra Hurst made around 30 wreaths that are hung through out the hallways and many other christmas decorations around the Croft.

"I'm an active relaxer. We like to create."

Like Miss Beeby, she recycles the materials used, and finds old decorations at garage sales she can bring back to life.

Nurse Manager Kathryn Robinson said they encourage people to use whatever talents they have whether it be craft or putting on a singing show.

Mrs Robinson said they like to make Christmas a fun and jolly time for the residents and their families.

This year residents were also involved with Christmas crafts making wreaths to be sold on their sales table. The sales table helps fund little extras for the residents including milkshake makers, pot plants and a weather station.

On Christmas Day each resident will receive a present picked especially for them by a member of staff.

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- The Timaru Herald

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