Sunrise of Cardiff resident gets creative to raise money for Charity

Sunrise  |  June 14, 2019
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Val Dewey, a resident at Sunrise of Cardiff, has a passion for art and poetry and has started creating boxes filled with handmade cards for all occasions to raise money for charity. So far, Val’s venture has raised just over £50, which is all going toward the Alzheimer’s Society’s research into dementia. Val also has a book of poetry and artwork coming out soon, and the proceeds from this will also be donated to Alzheimer’s research.

Val’s endeavour started simply as a hobby and a way to be creative and has become increasingly popular with the residents and families of Sunrise of Cardiff. Therefore, Val decided to start collecting donations for the cards to put towards charity that aims to find a cure for a condition that affects so many people in later life.

Val moved into Sunrise of Cardiff in March of last year with her husband Arnold, however, Arnold sadly passed away at the start of this year. The couple were married for almost 59 years and Val has plenty of stories about their time together and their family which she regularly shares with staff and fellow residents.

As a young couple, Val and Arnold had children and Val would write poetry for them, based on the past, present and thoughts of the future. When Arnold was 21 he was posted to Hong Kong for 2 years and 9 months as a member of the army. Val would write to him daily and would sometimes make up poems to send to him.

Once Val moved into Sunrise of Cardiff, she joined their poetry group and wrote pieces to read out to the group each week.  On talking to Diane McCracken Sunrise of Cardiff’s Activities Co-Ordinator,  Val decided to put together a book full of her poetry and illustrations to accompany them. Sunrise of Cardiff are in the throes of publishing this book and the final version of this will be coming out soon. Val will be dedicating this book to Arnold.

Elisabeth May, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Cardiff, said:

“Val is such a sweet, lovely and chatty resident and it’s a pleasure to be working with her to produce her book of poems. The money she is raising for charity is such a kind thing to do and her fellow residents are so supportive of her creativity and efforts to fund raise for the Alzheimer’s Society.”

Val Dewey, a resident at Sunrise of Cardiff, has a passion for art and poetry and has started creating boxes filled with handmade cards for all occasions to raise money for charity. So far, Val’s venture has raised just over £50, which is all going toward the Alzheimer’s Society’s research into dementia. Val also has a book of poetry and artwork coming out soon, and the proceeds from this will also be donated to Alzheimer’s research

Val’s endeavour started simply as a hobby and a way to be creative and has become increasingly popular with the residents and families of Sunrise of Cardiff. Therefore, Val decided to start collecting donations for the cards to put towards charity that aims to find a cure for a condition that affects so many people in later life.

Val moved into Sunrise of Cardiff in March of last year with her husband Arnold, however, Arnold sadly passed away at the start of this year. The couple were married for almost 59 years and Val has plenty of stories about their time together and their family which she regularly shares with staff and fellow residents.

As a young couple, Val and Arnold had children and Val would write poetry for them, based on the past, present and thoughts of the future. When Arnold was 21 he was posted to Hong Kong for 2 years and 9 months as a member of the army. Val would write to him daily and would sometimes make up poems to send to him. 

Once Val moved into Sunrise of Cardiff, she joined their poetry group and wrote pieces to read out to the group each week.  On talking to Diane McCracken Sunrise of Cardiff’s Activities Co-Ordinator,  Val decided to put together a book full of her poetry and illustrations to accompany them. Sunrise of Cardiff are in the throes of publishing this book and the final version of this will be coming out soon. Val will be dedicating this book to Arnold.

Elisabeth May, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Cardiff, said:

“Val is such a sweet, lovely and chatty resident and it’s a pleasure to be working with her to produce her book of poems. The money she is raising for charity is such a kind thing to do and her fellow residents are so supportive of her creativity and efforts to fund raise for the Alzheimer’s Society.”