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Southwell Court Care Home deputy manager crafts thanks to her colleague for staying strong on the front line during the pandemic




A care worker has crafted thanks to her colleagues for staying strong on the front line during the pandemic.

The deputy manager at Southwell Court Care Home, Debbie Cook, 55, put her crocheting talent to the test in making care worker bears for her team.

Southwell Court Care Home deputy manager Debbie Cook has crocheted bears for staff as a thank you for being frontline workers. Pictured with some of the bears she made.
Southwell Court Care Home deputy manager Debbie Cook has crocheted bears for staff as a thank you for being frontline workers. Pictured with some of the bears she made.

She thought it essential to praise them during a period when pressures were at an all-time high.

Scrolling through Facebook one night, Debbie stumbled across a picture of a front line worker teddy bear donning a surgical mask and apron — ready for surgery.

“I thought I could adapt that for the Southwell Court uniform,” she said. “So I began crocheting the bears in April.

Southwell Court Care Home deputy manager Debbie Cook has crocheted bears for staff as a thank you for being frontline workers. Debbie is pictured (front left) with members of staff.
Southwell Court Care Home deputy manager Debbie Cook has crocheted bears for staff as a thank you for being frontline workers. Debbie is pictured (front left) with members of staff.

“I had to self-isolate for 14 days as I have a husband who is quite poorly.

“I had a meltdown that I was going to bring the virus back home with me so I did find some comfort in making the bears — just going from one to another.

“I was fortunate that I never brought it home to him.

“But obviously now with all the measures in place, we feel a lot safer at work.”

The rainbow bears Debbie made for her granddaughters. (42161623)
The rainbow bears Debbie made for her granddaughters. (42161623)

Having created her team their very own work buddies, Debbie — who is involved in Southwell’s yarn bombing — began to think of those in her community she could also thank for carrying on as normal.

She said: “A man called Jason has looked after mine and my husband’s cars throughout covid because he knew I worked at Southwell Court. His bear had its own tool box.

Jason the mechanic's bear. (42161619)
Jason the mechanic's bear. (42161619)

“Lyn the postlady was amazed with her teddy and I thought she was going to cry when I gave it to her.

Lyn the post lady's bear. (42161621)
Lyn the post lady's bear. (42161621)

“Hardy’s Farm Shop in Farndon — we go there for breakfast on our days off — have launched a name the bear competition to have it as their mascot.”

The mascot for Hardy's Farm Shop in Farndon.
The mascot for Hardy's Farm Shop in Farndon.

It wasn’t long before Debbie started to get requests to have bears personalised and, in total, has made around 70 so far — with two currently on the go.

“Some have asked me to make their grandchildren one like the rainbow ones I made for my four granddaughters,” she said.

“My brother has one as well and the boss at Southwell Court — people have been saying how much it actually looks like her.”

Debbie has been given an orchid and bracelet among other things as a thank you, but didn’t expect the surprise she received from her co-workers.

She said: “Last week the girls had a collection and took pictures of themselves with their own bears, putting the photos in this fantastic photo frame.

Debbie with her personalised photo frame from her colleagues. (42161633)
Debbie with her personalised photo frame from her colleagues. (42161633)

“When I came through to them after I got the call, they were all there waiting for me to say thank you to me.

“The girls have done so fantastically throughout all of this and the teddies have just gone out of this world.

“It was just a thank you to everyone who carried on as normal through this pandemic and to bring a tiny bit of happiness — even if it’s through a little teddy bear.”

Debbie has kindly offered to crochet a personalised mascot for the Advertiser.

Care workers at Southwell Court are tested weekly for the virus, with the residents tested each month.

It is accepting only essential visits due to government guidelines.



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