Bub­ble bride stands out

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ROSE­MARY MCLEN­NAN

A bri­dal gown made from bub­ble wrap won the day at a rest homes wear­able arts com­pe­ti­tion in Up­per Hutt last week.

Thir­teen gar­ments de­signed and made by staff and res­i­dents in seven Bupa homes around the re­gion were mod­elled for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s third com­pe­ti­tion.

Ngaire Holden, as Bub­ble Bride, out­shone the com­pe­ti­tion on the arm of Porirua’s Har­bourview Rest Home and Hos­pi­tal man­ager Shane Whaanga.

Fel­low res­i­dent Joan Thorpe was her flower girl. Res­i­dents made paper flow­ers for both dresses.

Sec­ond plac­ing went to Fer­gus­son’s Shirley Mercer, as the Thrill of Spring. Third was Laura Jones, from Stokeswood, in Stokes Val­ley with a snowflake-themed dress which was made from paper servi­ettes.

Judges were the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bupa New Zealand, Dwayne Crom­bie, the gen­eral man­ager of Bupa Care Ser­vices New Zealand, Grainne Moss, and ac­tor Geral­dine Bro­phy.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing Bupa homes were: Te Whanau and Gar­den­view (Levin), Wi­nara ( Waikanae), Har­bourview and Whitby (Porirua), Stokeswood (Stokes Val­ley) and Fer­gus­son (Up­per Hutt).

Wool spun: Whitby Rest Home and Hos­pi­tal res­i­dent Mavis

Rawhiti mod­els a gar­ment made from the many stages of wool pro­cess­ing, from fleece to knit­ting and made by res­i­dents.

Bub­ble bride: Ngaire Holden’s dress is made from bub­ble wrap dec­o­rated with flow­ers of tis­sue. Her Prince Charm­ing is Shane Whaanga, man­ager of Har­bour View Rest Home and Hos­pi­tal in Porirua. The flower girl, hold­ing her train, is Joan Thorpe.

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