A Welling pensioner has been shortlisted for an Extraordinary Talent award. Gwenda Culmer, who lives at Anchor’s Woodville Grove in Ruskin Avenue, was nominated by neighbours for her craft skills.

Almost 300 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards run by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in August with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Gwenda is thrilled to be shortlisted for the Extraordinary Talent Award. She said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated. Just because we are of an older generation doesn’t mean we don’t have fun, creative hobbies.”

Neighbour Barbara Little, who is impressed by Gwenda’s talents, said: “Gwenda deserves to win because she really brightens up Woodville Grove with her craft talents – knitting, crochet, art and card making.

“She also uses her talents to help good causes, raising funds for her church, the scouts, our local hospital and league of friends to name just a few.

“She is very humble and doesn’t think it’s anything special, but I’m very impressed. Gwenda is a credit to her local community, such strong spirit and so creative – not a singer or a dancer but still an extraordinary talent.”

A customer panel will be coming together later this month to judge those shortlisted, and winners of the six categories will be announced in December.

For more information on Woodville Grove please call 0800 731 2020.

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