Art was a no-no for me but the lovely art teacher put me so at ease. He said “you can do it Mary”. He encouraged me; he never once put me down and I started doing art that I didn’t think I could do.
The first time I painted a card my nephews and nieces were going crazy, ‘can I have one, can I have one!’. So most of the cards I did, they all wanted them.
We have a quiz with Richard and he reads us stories. Sometimes when he’s finished the story I say “Richard that was a load of c**p!” and he just roars laughing and the rest of them will say “yeah Mary’s right”. But Mary has to say it first [laughs!]. He is just the ideal person for that job because we give him a lot of banter and wind him up, but he loves it as much as we do.
I look forward to it every week. Oh my god. It’s my highlight. My family know not to make arrangements for me for a Friday. I said you dare make arrangements for me for a Friday, you know I’m going to my Day Centre. I love it here.
I thought “I’m going to get a free massage, where do you get a free massage? I’m going to get a 3 course lunch, I’m going to get cups of tea. It’s just home from home for me. I love it, the more I come the more I love it.”