Under the guidance of master weaver Marie Cook, our Dialysis Unit patients have participated in a Summer School program where the Dialysis Unit has become a classroom for one day a week.
December saw the production of Santas, elves and reindeers before Marie’s students enthusiastically turned their attention towards Easter. And along the way, a small rotating vice (photo 3) was repurposed so Maureen Berry (photo 2) could join in. The location of some patients’ fistulas, their catheter for haemodialysis, can make it pretty difficult to use both arms for anything, let alone weaving.
We thank Marie (who volunteered a month of her time) and the ATW for financing this outstanding program. And we’re SO thrilled to learn that Marie will donate all of her time, and the ATW will again donate all of the materials, for a winter program, starting in June.
The ATW has a strong focus on promoting the considerable therapeutic contributions to wellbeing that can come from weaving a tapestry. Practicing tapestry weaving can speed up recovery, improve dexterity and concentration, and offer an outlet for contemplation and creativity. And we’re all for that!
PS... If you haven’t yet visited our divine Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation-gifted ATW tapestry (hanging pride of place in our hospital foyer) you really should.