Alnwick woman receives Community Star award for her efforts at care home
She may not live in a Karbon home, but the difference Eileen Adam makes to the lives of residents at an Alnwick care home is priceless.
Eileen, who lives at Chapel Lands, was nominated for Karbon’s 12 deeds of Christmas initiative by Liz Pratt, manager of the company’s Extra Care scheme at Weavers’ Court.
Eileen isn’t a resident there but has contributed so much to Weavers’ Court over the last couple of years, helping to raise nearly £2,000.
Liz wanted to let her know how much both her and the other residents at the scheme appreciate all her hard work and dedication.
Liz said: “Eileen is typically what you would call an unsung hero within the Weavers’ Court community, who never asks for anything for herself but tries to give back to both the scheme and to many charities.
“She never stops. She knits outfits for dolls which our the Woolly Weavers’ group at the scheme then raffle off to fund-raise for their group. She regularly bakes cakes for our Songs of Praise services and for other charity events going on.
“She has knitted hundreds of Forget me Not pin badges to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, as well as knitting Pudsey Bears for Children in Need and poppies for the British Legion.
“Her most recent project is sewing costumes for animation models needed by Twin Vision, a multi-media charity that works in Merseyside hospitals with sick and terminally ill children.”
“This year she has had not only her own health problems, as well as supporting her son through a serious illness and caring for her husband who isn’t well, but still she keeps going.”
She was presented with a Christmas bouquet, a box of chocolates and a bottle of bubbly.
Eileen said: “I can honestly say that without Weavers’ Court, my life wouldn’t be what it is. I like to get involved in lots going on here, it’s a real home away from home.
“A lot of my time is spent caring for my husband, Norman, who is unwell and supporting my son, George. Coming here has kept me going, it gives me something to look forward as it’s my time to do what I enjoy.”