When Maggie’s Centre Fife approached us a few months back we were delighted to help such a brilliant and worthy cause for charity. Steve, Elsie and the team sprung into action as they sourced material (kindly donated by Cupar Round Table) and willing upholsters to give their time for free.
Luckily, willing upholsters are not in short supply around here and before long Elsie had an enthusiastic team of AMU level 2 and 3 students eager to help out on the two day Maggie’s upholstery project. There were three chairs to be upholstered and so students and tutors split into teams for the job.
Chair 1 was an antique French style with a painted distressed finish. This chair required a lot of work! It had to be stripped back to the frame, two joints required gluing and clamping before the chair could be being fully re-upholstered in preparation for its final covering.
Chairs 2 & 3 were original Victorian arm chairs. The teams working on these pieces had a tough job of stripping the chairs down as they worked through layers of previous upholstery. After some minor repairs the underneath upholstery was corrected ready for the top cover.
We are extremely thankful to our dedicated staff team for helping out with this project and for our wonderfully enthusiastic students who are always up for a challenge and trying something new! We hope that Maggie’s Fife enjoys the chairs with their new lease of life for many years to come.
Maggie’s Fife provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends. In the grounds of Victoria Hospital, the Centre is a warm and welcoming place, with professional staff on hand to offer you the support you need to find your way through cancer.
The chairs are used in the large group room at the Centre. This space is where a variety of groups are held throughout the week at Maggie’s Fife. These include the different support groups and courses, relaxation and Creative Writing and Art Therapy workshops, to name a few. The comfort and feeling of the chairs helps the people in those groups to feel at ease and allow themselves to share stories and the experiences they are going through within their own cancer journey. These are the favourite chairs of some of those who attend the groups regularly.
If you would like to find out more about Maggie’s Fife, the work that they do or the support that they provide please visit the website www.maggiescentres.org/fife or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01592 647997.