Going above and beyond to support people

A kind-hearted Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) SkillShare partner has replaced a lady’s broken sewing machine with a brand-new one while she is shielding.

Joyce, who has been supported by Healthbox CIC over the last couple of months during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, needed somebody to fix her broken sewing machine.

As Joyce has been shielding, Healthbox contacted CWVA to see whether any SkillShare partners could help somebody in need.

After CWVA put a call out to SkillShare partners, Andrew Gardner from Gardner & Co Surveyors on the Wirral kindly offered to buy Joyce a brand-new sewing machine, giving her the opportunity to continue her hobby.

Andrew said: “When I heard Joyce was now hand sewing face masks and aprons after her sewing machine broke, I felt something had to be done to support this remarkable lady.

“Joyce epitomises the spirit we all need to see now – not giving in, not complaining and doing what we can for each other. It is a pleasure to help her help others.”

Kate Mooney, who works for Healthbox and has been supporting Joyce, added: “This is an unbelievable act of kindness, made all the more special in this time of doom and gloom.

“It’s an important reminder of how a selfless, good deed can go a long way to positively impacting the wellbeing of somebody else.”

SkillShare matches charities and community groups with business people who want to do something good in their community, helping make sure the voluntary and community sector survives and thrives.

For more information about CWVA’s SkillShare project and the range of other services it offers, visit: cwva.org.uk.

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