Local crafters donate their Chesterville Fair entries to benefit WDMH and Dundas Manor 

Above, At the presentation are (l-r): Jen Ducross, Team Leader, Maternal Child; Michelle Renaud, Cancer Care Navigator, Callie Laurin, Team Leader, Chemotherapy; Susan Poirier, Administrator, Dundas Manor; and Shirley Coons, Homecraft Division representative, Chesterville & District Agricultural Society. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER — Local crafters have been busy over the summer – and patients and residents at Winchester District Memorial Hospital and Dundas Manor are benefiting from their creativity. 

It all began at the Chesterville & District Agricultural Society’s annual fair held this past summer. Local residents were invited to participate in the Homecraft Division and make baby hats for WDMH newborns, chemotherapy caps for patients with cancer and special blankets for residents at Dundas Manor with dementia. All the entries would then be donated to the hospital and long-term care home. 

Earlier this fall, Homecraft Division volunteer Shirley Coons dropped by WDMH to share the results – eight baby hats, 11 chemo caps and a fidget blanket! On hand to accept the donations were staff from the Chemotherapy and Obstetrics Units as well as Dundas Manor. 

Team Leaders Callie Laurin and Jen Ducross both thanked Shirley on behalf of their patients. “These comforting items mean so much to our patients and provide extra support during their time at WDMH,” noted Callie Laurin. 

“This tactile blanket is wonderful,” added Susan Poirier, Dundas Manor Administrator. “Residents can see it, hear it and play with it. Thank you so much.” 

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca

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