A Redcar pensioner has won an Extraordinary Talent award. 

Wendy Lynch, who lives at Anchor’s Coatham Lodge retirement housing scheme in Coatham Road, was nominated by neighbours for her talents as an artist and teacher. A customer panel of judges met in December 2015 and was very impressed by her special 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 2015 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Wendy was thrilled to receive the Extraordinary Talent Award and Alison Whitton, scheme manager at Coatham Lodge, organised a party to celebrate her success.

Neighbour Betty Lyons, who is impressed by Wendy’s creative flair, said: “Wendy’s limitless talent takes varied forms and styles, and creating of any kind poses her no problems. Knitted creations abound, including whole nativity scenes, and card craft as well to name a few. Having faced adversity, Wendy found her way forward by helping others, showing compassion and sound common sense with any advice given (either on a personal level or with her artistic talents). Our home would be a lesser place without her.”

Linda Buxton, another neighbour who is grateful for Wendy’s art lessons, added: “She helps us learn to paint and gives hours each week, for six or seven weeks at a time, teaching us artistic effects in a good, joyful and light hearted way. We are all non-artists and she is turning us into professionals. Soon we are having an art exhibition that would be worth being in the Tate Modern.”

Angela Dean, who also attends Wendy’s art classes, commented: “Thanks to Wendy I have produced paintings I am proud to put on my own walls. Family are even asking me to do them one! I can’t praise her enough.”

For more information on Coatham Lodge please call 0800 731 20 20 or visit www.anchor.org.uk. 

View all