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Deputy manager at Southwell Court Care Home is thanked by Farndon's Hardy’s Farm Shop for making them a crocheted bear




A long-standing customer of a farm shop, whose husband has had to shield during coronavirus, has thanked staff for keeping visitors safe with the donation of a knitted bear.

Debbie Cook, deputy manager at Southwell Court Care Home, and husband Stephen are regulars at Hardy’s Farm Shop, Farndon, in better times.

Holly Hardy (centre left) and Debbie Cook, deputy manager of Southwell Court Care Home (centre right) Debbie's staff, who are all in a work bubble and Hardy's staff (back left). 011020DC3-1
Holly Hardy (centre left) and Debbie Cook, deputy manager of Southwell Court Care Home (centre right) Debbie's staff, who are all in a work bubble and Hardy's staff (back left). 011020DC3-1

Debbie said: “With Stephen being poorly and having to shield, we had a case of coronavirus in the home and I had a bit of a meltdown that I was bringing the virus home to him. I had to self-isolate for 14 days.”

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 ­— and adapted it for Southwell Court, making bears for staff.

Debbie turned her attention to one of her favourite places, Hardy’s Farm Shop, knitting their new mascot.

Farm shop manager Holly Hardy said: “During lockdown we took the opportunity to refurbish our café and improve the customer experience, including bringing in a new chef.

“Everything is coronavirus-safe.

“Debbie is a long-standing and valued customer and presented us with a bear, who we featured on our social media in a competition to give it a name.

“We had more than 20 entries and Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy, was chosen. He’s a popular addition to the team.”



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