Wigan care home buys sewing machine for crafty 93-year-old resident


Marion Derbyshire, 93, is a resident of Lakeside House in Standish and has been an expert seamstress since childhood. This talent led her to work at the Coops clothing factory in Wigan for almost 50 years.

Staff at the nursing home, part of the Millennium Care Group, purchased the equipment after learning about their skills and experience.

As the cost of living crisis continues, employees are hoping to get some advice from Marion on how to “manage and fix” their current clothes.

Lakeside Care Home resident Marion Derbyshire has plenty of experience with a sewing machine

Activities Coordinator Ash Jennings said: “When it comes to sewing, Marion has already helped us with a few things.

“She really likes it, so we thought we’d surprise her with her very own machine!

“As a house, we want to find out what motivates our residents in order to make their days as pleasant as possible.

“Staff are eager to learn new skills that will save them money and Marion is eager to help them out! »

Marion said, “I’ve always loved sewing. My mother taught me when I was young and I went to work at Coops. They made suits and waistcoats: a real draper!

“I was thrilled when Ash gave me the machine. I can do whatever I want now: all of their sewing!

“It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s good to know. It’s not cheap today to have to pay for jobs, so if I can help, great!


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