30 March 2018
Talented tenant wins national award for knitting
A tenant from East Sussex has won an award for being a Creative Champion.
Peter Baker, who lives at Anchor’s Oakwood Park retirement estate in Hartfield Road in Forest Row, was nominated by Penny Blanchard, Estate Manager.
Almost 200 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.
Peter Baker, who is 77 years old, is very pleased to receive the Creative Champion Award. He said "I am surprised and delighted that I have won the creative champion award. It is great to be able to share my love of art and craft with this friendly group who have been enthusiastic and willing to learn new skills. To me it’s such an enjoyment to see the way the group have grown in confidence and see them develop new skills over the last eighteen months".
Penny Blanchard, who is impressed by Peter’s talents and those involved said: “This is one of the best activities running in my scheme. I am very happy to support this for the well-being of my residents. It is also a wonderful arts class where people can learn from Peter to do arts and crafts and socialise together at Oakwood Park.”