Following a successful Art exhibition in September at Sunrise of Winchester, on Stockbridge Road, resident Jim Retter received the honour of being asked by the Mayor to design his official Christmas card.
After working hard on drawing Abbey House, the Mayor of Winchester’s residence, Jim was presented with the final Christmas card by the Mayor himself and his wife on 20 November. Jim also received a special thank you gift of professional artist brushes during the Mayor’s special visit to the care community, which provides personalised nursing, dementia care and assisted living.
Sunrise of Winchester, along with dedicated art teacher Sandra Reed, who comes to Sunrise once a week, were there every step of the way to give Jim the encouragement he needed as he brought the Christmas card to life.
Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Frank Pearson, said:
“It was a special privilege to come to Sunrise recently to open the Art Exhibition and I am delighted that Jim took up the challenge of producing a Christmas card for me to use officially.
“It is a beautiful picture of Abbey House in the snow and will grace many a mantlepiece this yuletide.
“Thank you, Jim, and thank you to Sandra Reed, whose skill and expertise encourages residents to try a new hobby with amazing results. I hope that many more residents will find ongoing fulfilment.”
Sunrise of Winchester Resident Jim Retter said:
“The Mayor’s card is such a precious thing to be asked to do. Thankfully, Sandra gave me lots of support.
“When I saw the finished card, I was delighted – and shocked to think that it may be sent all over the world!”