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Meet Margaret – whose handmade crafts are helping others in need

Margaret is a much-loved Kempsey local, moving here from Port Macquarie when she was nine years old. She has a long history of serving her community, spending more than 40 years proudly working at the iconic variety store, Fosseys.

Margaret’s crocheted dolls, rugs and cushions are legendary at Vincent Court. She was taught to crochet by her grandmother and finds this pastime to be very fulfilling.

“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to crochet – I think everyone should learn! It’s so good for my mental stimulation so I crochet all the time.”

Margaret donates the rugs she makes to the Vincent Court raffles and has won many prizes for her beautiful crafts at the annual Kempsey Show.

But the positive impact of Margaret’s crocheting has a far wider reach. She also donates her creations to Wrap with Love – an amazing not-for-profit organisation that distributes hand-knitted or crocheted rugs to people in need around Australia and overseas.

“I find it so rewarding that something I’ve made can help someone less fortunate. To think that my rugs are being used to keep people in need warm makes me so happy.

“I’m very grateful that the staff at Vincent Court are so supportive of my hobby. They really take an interest and encourage me to do what I love.”

Margaret has been a resident at Vincent Court since 2017 and says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“My Mother, Mother-in-Law and husband, Lyle, all lived at Vincent Court for a time, so I knew how good this community was. If anyone asks me what it’s like living here, I tell them I wouldn’t go anywhere else. It’s as good as you can get and I have everything I need right here. Everyone is so friendly. I recommend it to anyone – I’d be lonely if I didn’t live here.”

At Vincent Court, we love supporting residents like Margaret remain engaged in the activities that bring them joy and purpose.