Robert Buckland MP for south Swindon together with Cllr Mick Bray, Mayor of Swindon made the first cuts today on Dressability’s new cutting table supplied by AFL.
Using grant money donated by AFL, the Swindon based provider of fibre optic cable, components and services, Dressability was able to purchase an essential cutting table. The new specialist table provides a crucial facility for the clothing alterations and adaptations services provided by Dressability to people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and the elderly.
Sian Barrie, manager and cofounder of Dressability said “Since we started in 1998, we have never had a proper cutting table; the dressmakers have been using an ordinary table which is fixed in height and is too narrow to manage wide materials.
"The new table is bigger and adjustable which means it can be adapted in height to fit the individuals working style. We need to look after our highly skilled dressmakers and provide them with the best tools that we can, so that they can continue doing an amazing job!”
Pictured above, making the first cut, Robert Buckland MP and the Mayor of Swindon with Dressability founder Sian Barrie, left, Margaret Harman, AFL EHS & HR manager, centre, and Jason Read of Horn Furniture, who supplied the table. Photo: Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com
Robert Buckland MP said “I am delighted to be able to show my support to such a valuable charitable organisation such as Dressability. They provide an essential service for people who find difficulty doing something that most of us find so simple, such as putting on or wearing normal clothing.” Mr Buckland continued, “Without organisations like Dressability and local businesses like AFL working together and sharing resources, some not profit organisations, and more importantly the people they support in our communities, would suffer.”
The Mayor added: "I too, am very pleased to give my support to such a great charity like Dressability. As one prepares to attend an engagement I often receive a call from my wife Ruth, "Come and zip me up darling!”
"It’s not that she is immobile but rather that the length or position of a zip would result in pulled muscles or a difficult to reach minute hook and eye has to be fastened. As one grows older the task becomes harder; however many of a young age with a disability and without the assistance of partner or husband must find it difficult to cope with off the peg clothes which would do much to enhance their appearance.
“AFL and Dressability must be congratulated in the way they have come together to ensure that those who are not fully mobile will enjoy a well-dressed status similar to their active friends and acquaintances.”
The cutting table was purchased from Horns Furniture of South Marston, who also supplied a free cutting mat to further increase the practicality of the table.
AFL’s grant to Dressability was part of the AFL Community Outreach Program which evolved in response to needs in the communities where there are operations. AFL is committed to being an exemplary corporate citizen. AFL’s outreach program consists of several initiatives – all with the same goal: to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Presenting the grant on 31 January, from left, Joanne Lawrence, AFL, Margaret Harman, AFL, Andrea Hawker and Sian Barrie of Dressability
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