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Wise words form a lasting memento for Derby resident

21 February 2019

A Derby resident who lives with physical disabilities has had her poetry showcased through a lasting memento in her retirement community.

Julie Whybrew, who lives at Sanctuary Retirement Living’s (SRL) Greenwich Gardens, had her imagination sparked after becoming involved with the Whiffle Pig creativity project at the service.

Greenwich Garden's resident Julie Whybrew

Julie said: “I loved getting involved with the Whiffle Pig workshops. I’ve always had a creative streak – I handwrote my own book 20 years ago – but this project really brought it to the forefront and now my poems are permanently displayed on some benches at Greenwich Gardens.”

The 62-year-old’s physical disabilities affect her arms, legs and walking abilities after she was involved in a devastating road accident aged just eight. She came to live at Greenwich Gardens five years ago with her husband, John, who has since sadly passed away.

Julie continued: “Putting pen to paper, or bench in this case, is a great release for me. I’m so happy that I am able to pursue my creative interests and I can’t wait to see what other projects I can get involved with in the future.”

Joanna Collins, SRL’s scheme services manager, said: “Julie has really thrived since she started taking part in the Whiffle Pig project. Her poems have delighted all of the residents, she writes lovely words and they brighten up everyone’s day.

“We want to continue to offer projects like this which have such a positive and lasting impact on our residents.”

The Whiffle Pig project is funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities.

To find out more about the fund, please call 01905 335163, email or visit

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