Crafting group’s tribute to a ‘brave’ member

Mary Blackburn.

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A crafting group has paid tribute to one of its members who passed away in March, aged 43.

Mary Blackburn McMillan, who had type-one diabetes, was an ‘inspirational and motivated’ member of the Nimble Fingers Craft Group.

Mary first joined the group, which meets in Campbeltown Hospital, during one of her many admissions.

Not only did Mary benefit from the recreational event, the group was also greatly inspired by her positive manner and her wish to help others by giving something back in return for the care and dedication she received from the diabetic unit and all care staff.

This inspired Nimble Fingers to do some fundraising for the diabetic unit, as there are several members who either have diabetes or have close family or friends with the condition.

Mary was delighted and played a very active part in the event.

Visiting members of the group also contributed and a plethora of snowmen in all shapes and forms were created.

A snowman quilt was donated by a member of the group and raffled at Hair by Iona.

Snowmen were sold at the Co-op, Kintyre Crafters events and in the hospital.

£1,000 was raised and the group planned that Mary should present the cheque to diabetic nurse Judy Semple as it was Mary’s idea that had started the ball rolling.

Unfortunately, Mary was unable to present the cheque as she passed away on March 22.

A spokesperson from Nimble Fingers said: ‘Mary will never be forgotten and her enthusiasm and zest for life is the driving force that has encouraged Nimble Fingers to keep going with raising funds for diabetes in our local area.

‘This year we will have a winter wonderland in memory of that truly inspiring lady.’